The Indian men’s team began its Thomas cup campaign with a dominant 5-0 win over Germany in Bangkok on Sunday.
The Indian men’s team began its Thomas cup campaign with a dominant 5-0 win over Germany in Bangkok on Sunday. World Championships bronze medalist Lakshya Sen started the proceedings with an easy 21-16, 21-13 win over world no 64 Max Weisskrichen. The doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag shetty had to dig deep as they were stretched to three games by Jones Ralfy Jansen and Marvin Seidel. But the Indian duo managed to prevail 21-15 10-21 21-13 in the match lasting close to an hour. Former world no 1 Kidambi Srikanth clinched a 18-21 21-9 21-11 win over Kai Schafer after a sluggish start to give India an unassailable 3-0 lead in the Group C tie.
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MR Arjun and Dhruv Kapila handed Bjarne Geiss and Jan Colin Voelker a 25-23 21-15 defeat in the second men’s doubles tie as Indian continued its dominance. HS Prannoy, ranked 23rd in the world, then comfortably completed a 5-0 whitewash of Germany, with a 21-9 21-9 win over Matthias Kicklitz. It was a perfect start for the Indian men’s team in the competition and they will next face Canada on Monday. India has never reached the semi-finals of the Thomas Cup. Last year, men’s team signed off its campaign at the quarter-finals.
As for women’s team, PV Sindhu led the India to a 4-1 victory against Canada in Group D tie. The two-time Olympic medalist Sindhu opened the tie for India against Canada’s highest ranked shuttler Michelle Li. The 26-year-old secured the victory against the world no 11 with a scoreline of 21-17, 21-10 in 33 minutes to give India 1-0 lead in the opening contest of their campaign. However Canada bounced back, equalling the tie 1-1 by winning the first doubles fixture. But Akarshi Kashyap restored India’s lead in the second singles match before Tanisha Crasto and Treesa Jolley extended the lead to 3-1. Ashmita Chaliha put on a gritty show to make it 4-1 and complete the proceedings.
The 2022 BWF Thomas and Uber Cup finals will commence on May 08 and end on May 15.
India 5-0 Germany
Order 1 Men’s Singles
Lakshya Sen beat Max Weisskirchen 21-16, 21-13
Order 2 Men’s Doubles
Rankireddy/ Shetty best beat Jones Ralfy Jansen/ Marwin Seidel 21-15, 10-21, 21-13
Order 3 Men’s singles
Kidambi Srikanth beat Kai Schaffer 18-21, 21-9, 21-11
Order 4 Men’s Doubles
M.R. Arjun/ Dhruv Kapila beat Bjarne Geiss/ Jan Colin Voelker 25-23, 21-15
Order 5 Men’s singles
HS Prannoy beat Mathias Kicklitz 21-9. 21-9
China vs France (Group B)
Malaysia vs England (Group D)
Japan vs USA (Group D)
Denmark vs Algeria (Group B)
Chinese Taipei vs Germany (Group C)
India vs Canada (Group C)
Indonesia vs Thailand (Group A)
Korea vs Singapore (Group A)
Order 1 Women’s Singles
PV Sindhu beat Michelle Li 21-17, 21-10
Order 2 Women’s Doubles
Rachel/ Kristen beat Mishra/ Singhi 21-19, 21-12
Order 3 Women’s Singles
Aakarshi Kashyap beat Wen Yu Zhang 17-21, 21-18, 21-17
Order 4 Women’s Doubles
Crasto/ Jolly beat Choi/Wu 21-9, 21-15
Order 5 Women’s Singles
Ashmita Chaliha beat Rachel Chan 12-21, 21-11, 22-20
Thailand vs Malaysia (Group C)
Denmark vs Egypt (Group C)
China vs Spain (Group B)
Chinese Taipei vs Australia (Group B)
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