The Indian men’s badminton team, who have reached the quarter-finals, suffered a defeat at the hands of China in their last group match of the Thomas Cup here on Thursday.
The Indians thus ended their group engagement in second place behind China, setting up against Denmark in the last-eight leg on Friday.
Only the doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty could win the tie against China as they defeated He Ji Ting and Zhou Hao Dong 21-14, 21-14 in a 41-minute match.
Rankireddy and Shetty’s win boosted the Indian team’s confidence as Kidambi Srikanth opened the day for India with a 12-21 16-21 loss to Xi Yu Kei in 36 minutes.
Sameer Verma gave a tough fight to Lu Guang Ju but eventually lost his singles match 21-149-21 22-24 after an hour and 23 minutes as India trailed 1-2.
The other doubles pair of MR Arjun and Dhruv Kapila lost 24-26, 19-21 to Liu Cheng and Wang Yi Liu in 52 minutes, before Kiran George 15-21 17-21 to Li Shi Feng in a 43-minute singles match. lost to. .
The loss against China was the men’s team’s first defeat in the tournament.
It beat the Netherlands 5-0 before winning against Tahiti by an equal margin on Tuesday to qualify for the Thomas Cup quarter-finals for the first time since 2010.
The women’s team plays against Japan in an Uber Cup quarter-final match later in the day.