Monday, May 23, 2011

India lose Sudirman Cup-2011 opener

India lost their first tie of the Sudirman Cup-2011, as the Indian team went down fighting to Chinese Taipei on Sunday by a score of 2-3.

India's top singles players Saina Nehwal and P. Kashyap won their individual women's and men's singles matches. However the Indians failed to notch the required win in the doubles ties, as the team lost all their 3 doubles matches.

Saina dropped the second game before coming back strongly in the 3rd set to win her singles match against world no.21 Tzu Ying Tai, while Kashyap came up with a straight sets victory in his match. All the Indian doubles players lost their matches in straight sets.

Men's singles: P. Kashyap bt. Hsuan Yi Hsueh 21-16, 21-13
Women's singles: Saina Nehwal bt. Tzu Ying Tai 21-10, 12-21, 21-17

Men's doubles: Rupesh Kumar/Sanave Thomas lost to Sheng Mu Lee/Chieh Min Fang 15-21, 18-21
Women's doubles: Jwala Gutta/Ashwini Ponnappa lost to Wen Hsing Cheng/Yu Chin Chien 15-21, 17-21
Mixed doubles: Aparna Balan/Arun Vishnu lost to Sheng Mu Lee/Yu Chin Chien 17-21, 10-21

The Sudirman Cup is a mixed team event, in which national teams comprising of both men and women players compete for the title. The event is being held in Qingdao, China.

The top 12 teams of the elite Level 1 group, have been divided into 4 groups of 3 teams each. India is in group C which has teams from Chinese Taipei and Thailand, and the initial ties of each group are being held as per a round robin (all-play-all) format. India will be facing the Thailand team next on Monday 23-May-2011, to keep their Sudirman Cup-2011 hopes alive.


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