On Thursday, champions Japan knocked India out of the BWF Uber Cup at the Ceres Arena in Aarhus, Denmark. The young Indian badminton team proved to be no match for the holders and they lost 0-3 in the quarter finals.
Competing without a top star like PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal’s injury-forcible disqualification, the Indian Japanese were hit by their Japanese opponents.
In the first match of the tie, Malvika Bansod lost 12-21, 17-21 to world number 5 Akane Yamaguchi. Southpao Malvika played well on the patch but could not threaten the tiny Yamaguchi.
The 20-year-old Malvika completely surpassed former world No. 1 Yamaguchi in the first game. However, Malvika did better in the next game but did not have the firepower to challenge the 2 did year old Japanese, who won in minutes. It was a good learning experience for World No. 104 Mavlika against an established Japanese star ranked fifth in the world.
The pair of Tanisha Crasto and Rutparna Panda then suffered their only loss in the tournament, losing 8-21, 10-21 to Yuki Fukushima and Mayu Matsumoto. Former top doubles players Fukushima and Matsumoto finished in 411 minutes.
After losing 0-2, Aditi Bhatt was tasked with helping India to win. However, 18-year-old Aditi Bhatt lost the third match 16-21, 7-21 to World No. 15 Sayaka Takahashi in just 29 minutes.
Trisa Jolly and Gayatri Gopichand Pullela (Rank Rank 2 of Women’s Doubles) and Tasneem Mir (Rank Rank 3 of Women’s Singles) were supposed to play later but did not get a chance due to 3-0 result.
It was an encouraging performance for a young Indian team, especially after Saina Nehwal’s injury in the first group match against Spain. The London Olympics bronze medalist no longer competes in the Uber Cup. In the previous edition of the Uber Cup, India failed to reach the quarterfinals in 2018.
India will face Denmark in the Thomas Cup quarter on Friday
The Indian men’s team finished second in Group C of the Thomas Cup after losing 1-4 to China in their final group tie on Thursday. India will face host Denmark in the quarter-finals on Friday evening.
Uber Cup Results (Quarter Final)
India lost 0-3 to Japan
Women’s singles d
Malvika Bansod Akane to Imaguchi 12-21, 17-21 (34 minutes)
Women’s double d
Tanisha Krasto-Rutparna Panda Yuki Fukushima-Mayu Matsumoto 8-21, 10-21 (41 min)
Female singles 2
Aditi Bhatt lost to Sayaka Takahashi 16-21, 7-21 (29 minutes).