Defending champion Japan kicked India out BWF Uber Cup at Ceres Arena in Aarhus, Denmark on Thursday. The young Indian women’s badminton team proved to have no money for the holders and lost the quarterfinals 0-3.
Compete without top stars like PV Sindhu and hampered by the injury of the forced overthrow of Saine Nehwal, the Indian eve was hampered by their Japanese opponents.
In the first draw, Malvika Bansod lost 12-21, 17-21 to world No. 5 tennis player Akane Yamaguchi. Southpaw Malvika played well in the patches, but could not threaten the diminutive Yamaguchi.
Twenty-year-old Malvika was completely surpassed by former world number 1 Yamaguchi in the first game. However, Malvika was better in the next game but did not have the firepower to challenge the 24-year-old Japanese, who won in 34 minutes. It was a good experience for the 104th world Mavlika against the established Japanese star, the fifth in the world.
Pair Tanisha Crasto and Rutaparna Panda then suffered their only defeat in the tournament, falling 8-21, 10-21 to Yuki Fukushima and Mayu Matsumoto. Former top-ranked doubles players Fukushima and Matsumoto finished the victory in 41 minutes.
With a 0-2 draw, Aditi Bhatt was charged with delivering and helping India stay alive until victory. However, 18-year-old Aditi Bhatt lost her third match 16-21, 7-21 to world number 15 Sayake Takahashi in just 29 minutes.
Treesa Jolly and Gayatri Gopichand Pullela (women’s doubles 2nd place) and Tasnim Mir (women’s singles 3rd place) were supposed to play later but couldn’t get a chance due to a 3-0 result.
It was an encouraging performance by the young Indian team, especially after Saina Nehwal was injured in the group’s first match against Spain. The bronze medal winner at the Olympic Games in London no longer participated in the Uber Cup. In the previous edition of the Uber Cup, India failed to reach the 2018 quarter.
India face Denmark in the Thomas Cup quarter on Friday
The men’s Indian national team finished second in Group C of the Thomas Cup after losing 1-4 to China in the last game of the group on Thursday. India will now play hosts Denmark in the quarter-finals on Friday night.
Uber Cup Results (Quarterfinals)
India lost to Japan 0-3
Women’s single 1
Malvika Bansod lost to Akane Ymaguchi 12-21, 17-21 (34 minutes)
Female couples 1
Tanisha Crasto-Rutaparna Panda lost to Yuki Fukushima-Mayu Matsumoto 8-21, 10-21 (41 minutes)
Women’s single 2
Aditi Bhatt lost to Sayake Takahashi 16-21, 7-21 (29 minutes).