The Indian men’s badminton team hammered Tahiti 5-0 to enter the quarterfinals of the Thomas Cup for the first time since 2010, but the women’s team suffered a crushing 5-0 defeat against a strong Thailand in its last group match here.
It was the first defeat for Indian women after beating Spain (3-2) and Scotland (4-1). The women’s team has already reached the quarterfinals.
The men’s team, on Tuesday, recorded its second straight 5-0 win, having beaten the Netherlands on Sunday.
In the Uber Cup, Malvika Bansod lost the opening singles 21-15, 21-11 to Pornpawee Chochowong. Ashwini Ponappa and Sikki N. Reddy then went down fighting 21-16, 21-12 to Jongkolphan Kititharakul and Rawinda Prajongjai.
For India to stay alive, it was imperative for Aditi Bhatt to win the next singles match. She fought her heart out, but lost 21-16, 18-21, 21-15 to Busanan Ongbamrungphan in a match that lasted 59 minutes. Treesa Jolly and Gayatri Gopichand then fought hard before losing 21-17, 21-16 to Puttita Supajirakul and Sapsiree Taerattanachai.
Tasnim Mir took the court with an aim to avoid a whitewash, but fell 21-19, 21-15 to Supaninda Katethong. Tasnim had a good chance to win the first game as she was leading 17-14 but lost points in a jiffy to let slip advantage.
Meanwhile, Tuesday’s win over Tahiti ensured that Indian men’s team will finish in top two in the four-team Group C. India will take on traditional powerhouse China in the final match on Thursday.
B. Sai Praneeth began the proceedings with a 21-5, 21-6 win over Louis Beaubois in just 23 minutes in the opening singles. Sameer Verma made it 2-0 with an easy 21-12, 21-12 victory over Remi Rossi..
Kiran George sealed the tie, beating Elias Maublanc 21-4, 21-2.
In the inconsequential doubles matches, the pair of Krishna Prasad and Vishnu Vardhan achieved a 21-8, 21-7 win in 21 minutes before Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty beat Maublanc and Heiva Yvonet 21-5, 21-3.