Uncertainty and sports run parallel. The Indian women, who were splendid against the USA on the previous day, lost to a strong Korean side by 0-5 in their final Group D match of the Uber Cup badminton championship being held in Bangkok, Thailand on Wednesday, May 11. With this loss, India finished runners-up in this group behind Korea.
The Indian women had already moved to the knockout stage after beating Canada and the USA earlier. However, the Indian shuttlers were off colour and did not match the strong Korean, who has a perfect record in the group stage, winning three out of three matches.
PV Sindhu, the two-time Olympic medalist, was unable to take revenge on her opponent, world No.4 An Seyoung. This was Sindhu’s 4th consecutive loss against the Korean shuttler.
Sindhu did not come out of her cocoon in the match as she laid down her arms against the super fit Korean girl, 21-15, 21-14 in 42 minutes. Sindhu showed some brilliance but lacked consistency, and the Korean girl’s fitness was remarkable and kept Sindhu at bay for most of the match.
India’s doubles pairing of Simran Singhi and Shuti Mishra were beaten in the 2nd match of the tie by Lee Sohee and Shin Seungchen, 21-13, 21-12.
Akarshi Kashyap’s unbeaten record in the tournament was broken today as she went down 21-10, 21-10 to Kim Gaeun.
Tanisha Crasto and Jolly Treesa of India were clueless on the court against their much superior opponents, Kim Hey Jeong and Kong Heeyong, in the tie’s second doubles match, as the Korean pair thrashed the Indian duo 21-14, 21-11.
Young Ashmita Chaliha, the rising shuttler, provided a tough challenge to her Korean opponent, Yujin Sim. She lost the battle before sweating her opposite number. Chaliha fought hard but, in the end, lost to the Korean in straight games — 21-18, 21-17.
Who will be India’s quarterfinals opponents; it has not been decided yet. India will learn it later in the day.