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India’s disastrous show in Thomas and Uber cup

BANGKOK: India’s to the opening Group A match of the Thomas and Uber Cup final had a disastrous start. young men and women have endangered their chance of qualifying for the knockout stage after suffering an identical 1-4 loss to France and Canada in the opening Group A match of the Thomas and Uber Cup Final on Sunday.

Though B Sai Praneeth World number 18 gave India a positive start, defeating Brice Leverdez 21-7 21-18 to take a 1-0 lead, but none of the other players could step up when it mattered.Arjun MR and Ramachandra Shlok lost to Bastian karsaudy and Julian Maio. There were hopes from Sameer Verma but he tool lost to Lucas Corvee in the second singles as France grabbed a 2-1 lead.

World number 70 Arun George and Sanyam Shukla then took the field in the second doubles match, but they were no match for 103 ranked Thom Gicquel and Ronan Labar, losing 10-21 12-21 in a 28-minute match.
Young Lakshya Sen fought hard before losing 20-22 21-19 19-21 to Toma Junior Popov in the third singles.
India will face Australia on Monday.

In the Uber Cup, India is without the services of Olympic silver medallist P V Sindhu and the Commonwealth Games bronze medallist pair of Ashwini Ponappa and N Sikki Reddy, and are heavily dependent on Saina Nehwal to guide the women’s team, which had won bronze in the last two editions.
However, CWG gold medallist Saina went down 21-15 16-21 16-21 to Michelle Li in the first match, to hand over a 1-0 lead to Canada.

Arun George and Shyam Shukla lost to Thom Gicquel and Ronan LabarWorld number Young Lakshya Sen fought hard before losing 20-22 21-19 19-21 to Toma Junior Popov in the third singles.
India will face Australia on Monday.

In the Uber Cup, India is without the services of Olympic silver medallist P V Sindhu and the Commonwealth Games bronze medallist pair of Ashwini Ponappa and N Sikki Reddy, and are heavily dependent on Saina Nehwal to guide the women’s team, which had won bronze in the last two editions.

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