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India lose 0-5 to China in Sudirman Cup badminton

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Vantaa (Finland), Sep 27 (IANS) India went down 0-5 to China in their second Group A encounter of the Sudirman Cup mixed team badminton competition here on Monday. The second successive defeat means India are out of the race for the quarter-finals.

India, who had started the tournament with a 1-4 defeat to Thailand on the opening day Sunday, as China turned out to be too strong. India have put up a depleted side, playing without top singles players PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal and the men’s doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty.

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The absence of Sindhu and Saina was again felt as India failed to win a single match against China. M.R. Arjun and Dhruv Kapila, who won a match against Thailand on Sunday, put up a decent fight before going down to China’s Liu Cheng and Zhou Hao Dong 20-22, 21-17.

In the women’s singles, Aditi Bhatt lost tamely 21-9, 21-8 to Chen Yi Fei while Sai Praneeth was beaten 21-10, 21-10, and the women’s doubles pair of Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy lost in two games to Lei Wen Mei and Zheng Yu 21-16, 21-13.

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In the last tie, Kidambi Srikanth and Rituparna Panda went down 21-9, 21-9 to China’s Feng Yan Zhe and Du Yue in the mixed doubles as the match ended 5-0 in favour of the defending champions.

China had earlier defeated hosts Finland 5-0 on Sunday.

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India now play hosts Finland in their last group match on Wednesday while China take on Thailand.

–IANS

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