|Saina Nehwal, in action, on Sunday
New Delhi: Inspiring display from Parupalli Kashyap and RMV Gurusaidutt was of no use, as India crashed out of the Thomas Cup competition losing to Korea 2-3 at the Siri Fort Sports Complex here on Monday.
The defeat was India’s second consecutive in Group C. Even a victory against Germany in the concluding group tie on Wednesday would not take India to the next round as only two teams would qualify for the last eight. On Sunday, India went down to Malaysia 1-4 in the group opener.
Given the fact that Korea were runners-up to China in the previous edition of the championships, India’s performance on Monday should earn some praise, especially after the thrashing at the hands of Malaysia.
In the last match, Korea were stretched by Germany before the former won 3-2. The story was repeated against India, too. Things could have been easily different had Kidambi Srikanth not lost to world No. 9 Wan Ho Son 21-17, 21-12, 21-18 after a 71-minute battle in the opener.
The Indian played exceptionally well against the much higher ranked opponent but the Korean’s experience made all the difference in the deciding game.
Still, what gave the Indian team management a little relief was the performance of their captain Kashyap, who returned to winning ways by defeating Dong Keun Lee in the second singles after the Koreans took a 2-0 lead. Against Malaysia, Kashyap had lost his match.
Gurusaidutt notched up his win after Korea took an unbeatable 3-1 lead in the match. The Indian showed good skills and temperament to beat Hwang Jong Soo 24-22, 21-13 in the fifth rubber of the day.
On Sunday, Saina Nehwal guided the Indian women’s team to a crushing 5-0 win over Canada to launch their Uber Cup campaign in style.
Saina and P V Sindhu enthralled the fans with their dominating performance at the Siri Fort Sports Complex.
Captain Saina first started the proceedings with an easy 21-4, 21-12 win over Joycelyn Ko in 25 minutes and Sindhu then brushed off the initial jitters to crush Rachael Honderich 21-16, 21-3 in a 26-minute lop-sided second singles match.
Commonwealth Games gold medallist pair of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa then completed the rout with a 21-11, 21-12 win over Bruce Alex and Phyllis Chan in the first women’s doubles.