India blank Netherlands 5-0 in Thomas Cup
The Indian men’s badminton team blanked lower-ranked Netherlands 5-0 in their opening Group C tie to make a winning start at the Thomas Cup final here.
Kidambi Srikanth beat Joran Kweekel 21-12, 21-14 in a singles clash on Sunday before the doubles duo of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty sailed past the Dutch pair of Ruben Jille and Ties van der Lecq 21-19, 21-12.
B Sai Praneeth then demolished Robin Mesman 21-4, 21-12 to give India an unassailable 3-0 lead. MR Arjun and Dhruv Kapila next beat Andy Buijk and Brian Wassink 21-12, 21-13 in the second doubles tie before Sameer Verma completed the sweep, beating Gijs Duijs 21-6, 21-11.