Badminton Asia Team C'ships: Indian women lose to Japan

DN Bureau

Rio Olympics silver-medallist P.V. Sindhu was the only one to manage a win over her opponent as the Indian women team lost 4-1 to Japan in the Badminton Asian Team Championships at the Sultan Abdul Halim Stadium here on Thursday.

P.V. Sindhu

Kuala Lumpur: Rio Olympics silver-medallist P.V. Sindhu was the only one to manage a win over her opponent as the Indian women team lost 4-1 to Japan in the Badminton Asian Team Championships at the Sultan Abdul Halim Stadium here on Thursday.

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In the first women's singles, the Indian heavyweight defeated world No. 2 Akane Yamaguchi 21-19, 21-15 without much fuss.

Sindhu had earlier tasted a defeat from Yamaguchi in the Dubai World Superseries Finals.

In another singles, world No.13 Sayaka Sato pipped Sri Krishna Priya 21-12, 21-12 to level the team score to 1-1.

Later, Ashwini Ponappa was defeated 14-21, 12-21 by world No.16 Aya Ohori

In the women's doubles, the Indian duo of Sanyogita Ghorpade and Prajakta Sawant lost 17-21, 17-21 to the team of Shiho Tanaka and Koharu Yonemoto as Japan took an unassailable lead of 3-1.

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The other women's doubles the pair of Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi defeated Ashwini and N Sikki Reddy 21-18, 21-18.

Japan and India both qualified for the quarter-finals with the first and second spots in their group respectively.

Earlier, the women's team led by Sindhu defeated Hong Kong by 3-2 in the tournament which also serves as Asian qualification for the 2018 Thomas and Uber Cup.

Later in the day, the men's team will face Indonesia.

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They had earlier defeated both the Philippines and the Maldives by 5-0. (ANI))

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