Published: Sun, May 28, 2017
Medical | By Sammy Miller

Sudirman Cup 2017: India defeat Indonesia 4-1

Sudirman Cup 2017: India defeat Indonesia 4-1

India on Wednesday sealed a place in the knockout stage of the Sudirman Cup mixed team championship to set up a quarter-final showdown with 10-time champions China.

Denmark's match with India was filled with Olympic quality and all the medallists won their contests.

In the fifth match, the Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold runners-up pair of Ashwini and N Sikki Reddy then prevailed 21-12, 21-19 over World No. 15 Della Destiara Haris and Rosyita Eka Putri Sar to complete a 4-1 drubbing.

Sindhu should be able to secure a point for India tomorrow as Women's singles rubber is the weakest for the Denmark team.

AFTER a disappointing outing against Denmark on the opening day, India came back strong to keep their hopes alive in the Sudirman Cup held in Australia.

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Thailand took a 2-0 lead over Hong Kong as they triumphed in the men's doubles and women's singles, the former lasting over an hour as Bodin Isara and Nipitphon Phuangphuapet beat Chin Chung Or and Chun Man Tang 22-20, 17-21, 21-11.

"What a insane team match against Indonesia, lasted nearly six hours and we have to dig really deep to win the two matches needed to top the group".

The tie started with the veteran Ashwini Ponnappa and the young Satwiksairaj Rankireddy joining forces to deliver India a famous victory over the Indonesian duo of Tontowi Ahmad and Gloria Emanuelle Widjaja.

And then, when Sindhu would have been able to level the tie at 2-2 in the fourth match after the two in-between wash-outs, Ashwini-Sikki would have had a very real chance of upsetting the calculations of Pedersen and Rytter-Juhl.

India have managed to reach the knockout stage of the tournament only once during the 2011 edition, while in the last two editions they even failed to cross the group stage. The rangy Hyderabadi 21-year-old scored a commanding straight-games victory over Dane Line Kjaersfeldt, at 21-18, 21-6, but suffered moments of anxiety after lapsing in concentration in the second stanza of her bout against Indonesia's Fitriani Fitriani, for a 21-8, 21-19 verdict. Scoreboard.com provided the latest Group 1 standings.

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