India Knocked Out in Quarters of Sudirman Cup
Coach Pullela Gopichand with PV Sindhu. (Photo: PTI) 
Coach Pullela Gopichand with PV Sindhu. (Photo: PTI) 

India Knocked Out in Quarters of Sudirman Cup

India’s charge in the Sudirman Cup has been ended by top seeds China in the quarter-finals after defeats in the mixed doubles, men’s doubles and the men’s singles rubber.

The 3-0 result effectively closed out the tie with Sindhu and the women’s doubles team yet to take the court.

India had qualified for the knockout stage only once in 2011 but even then it was the Chinese who had ended their campaign with a 3-1 win.

It was always going to be an uphill task for the ninth seeded Indian team to breach the Chinese wall and though the mixed doubles pair of Ashwini Ponnappa and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy put up a gritty show to challenge the World No. 2 pair of Lu Kai and Huang Yaqiong, they ultimately went down.

The experienced Chinese combination had the last laugh as they beat Ashwini and Satwiksairaj 16-21 21-13 21-16 in the first match that lasted an hour and three minutes.

File photo of Srikanth (Photo: Twitter/@IPLNine)
File photo of Srikanth (Photo: Twitter/@IPLNine)

K Srikanth was then handed the enormous task of taming the Olympic champion Chen Long. In the 48-minute men's singles match, Srikanth showed some spark but never really came close to threatening the supremacy of the Chinese. In the end, it was a 16-21 17-21 defeat against Long that saw India slip to a 0-2 deficit in the five-match rubber.

Young pair of Satwiksairaj and Chirag Sen then faced Fu Haifeng and Zhang Nan in the mixed doubles match and capitulated 9-21 11-21 within half an hour as China registered a 3-0 win over India.

The next two matches -- singles, which PV Sindhu was suppose to play, and women's doubles -- became inconsequential.

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