India’s men qualified for the Thomas Cup quarter-finals after beating Tahiti 5-0 on Tuesday night, but the women, who have already reached the last eight, won their final Uber Cup group clash against badminton powerhouse Thailand by the same margin. Lost the match.
After beating the Netherlands 5-0 earlier on Sunday, India started with a 23-minute victory thanks to B Sai Praneeth, who outclassed Tahiti’s Louis Beaubois 21-5, 21-6 Gave.
Sameer Verma made it 2-0 for India in 41 minutes with a 21-12, 21-12 win over Remy Rossi, while Kiran George took the court in place of Kidambi Srikanth, guaranteeing India an entry into the quarters. It took only 15 minutes to deliver – the final with a 21-4, 21-2 win over Elias Maublanc.
Krishna Prasad Garaga/Vishnu Vardhan Gaur Panjala and Chirag Shetty/Satwiksairaj Rankireddy won two dead doubles for India to win all five matches of the tie.
India will take on defending champions China in their final Group C match on Thursday.
On Wednesday, India were defeated by Thailand without a Saina Nehwal, which reached the final of the last edition of the Uber Cup in 2018. Saina is currently battling a back injury which she picked up during India’s opening match against Spain on Sunday.
Pornpawee Chochuwong began proceedings with a 21-15, 21-11 win over Malvika Bansod in 57 minutes and a 1-0 win, before Jongkolphan Kititharakul / Ravinda Prajongjai defeated Ashwini Ponnappa / N Sikki Reddy in 43 21 -16, beat 21-12. Minutes in the first doubles competition.
Busanan Ongbamrungphan’s 59min 21-16, 18-21, 21-15 win over the talented Aditi Bhatt sealed Thailand’s position as Group B toppers.
India lost the last two matches with Trisa Jolly/P Gayatri Gopichand and Tasnim Mir losing in straight games.
India will play against a certain opponent in the quarter-finals on Friday.
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