India lose to Chinese language Taipei 1-4 in Sudirman Cup opener

Double Olympic medallist PV Sindhu’s gallant battle resulted in agony as India made a dismal begin to their Sudirman Cup marketing campaign, taking place to the formidable Chinese language Taipei 1-4 of their group C opening spherical tie right here on Sunday.

Pusarla V. Sindhu of India hits a return to Tai Tzu-ying of Taiwan throughout their girls’s singles match of the Sudirman Cup Finals 2023(AFP)

There was, nevertheless, no lack of battle from the Indian gamers as Tanisha Crasto and Ok Sai Prateek began on a constructive notice within the combined doubles contest however they ran out of steam in the long run, dropping 21-18 24-26 6-21 to world no. 30 Yang Po-Hsuan and Hu Ling Fang.

World Quantity 9 HS Prannoy then could not discover his ‘A’ recreation, taking place 19-21 15-21 to world no. 5 Chou Tien Chen as India lagged 0-2 after the primary two matches.

Sindhu was then handed the accountability to carry India again into the tie but it surely was all the time going to be a tricky process together with her nemesis and former world no. 1 Tai Tzu Ying standing throughout the online.

The 27-year-old from Hyderabad, who hasn’t been in the most effective of type recently, produced a gritty efficiency after the opening recreation reversal however could not go the gap with Tai Tzu managing a 21-14 18-21 21-17 win in an hour and 4 minutes.

It allowed Chinese language Taipei take an unassailable 3-0 lead within the five-match tie.

Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty then fought laborious earlier than dropping 13-21 21-17 18-21 to Lee Yang and Ye Hong Wei within the males’s doubles match in slightly over an hour as India additional slumped to 0-4.

World No 17 Treesa Jolly and P Gayatri Gopichand then confirmed large grit as they recovered from a gap recreation loss to eke out a 21-15 18-21 13-21 win over Lee Chia Hsin and Teng Chun Hsun within the ultimate girls’s doubles tie to assist India keep away from a cleansweep.

India will face Commonwealth Video games combined group champion Malaysia of their second Group C match on Monday.

Malaysia beat Australia 5-0 to prime the group on Sunday.

Sindhu fights again however Tai Tzu prevails together with her bag of tips


The final time Sindhu had crushed Tai Tzu was on technique to her world championships title in 2019. General, it was her 18th loss to the Taipei participant.

Sindhu, whose finest consequence this season to this point has been a ultimate look on the Spain Masters, nevertheless, appeared much more polished in her general recreation as she displayed nice battle again within the second and third recreation after dropping the primary.

Whereas Tai Tzu appeared by far the higher participant within the opening recreation, Sindhu managed to step up the tempo within the second to take the match to the decider.

Within the third recreation, the duo moved neck and neck until 6-6. Tai Tzu then eked out a 9-6 lead however Sindhu continued to search for angles to hassle the Taipei wizard.

A forehand angled drive introduced Sindhu again on even par at 10-10 earlier than her opponent went into the break with a one-point lead.

After resumption, Sindhu was up 14-12 however she sprayed to the online twice to make it 15-14 in Tai Tzu’s favour. One other shot going lengthy and Tai Tzu moved to 17-14 with a misleading shot.

The contact artist performed a number of of her sensational photographs earlier than a down the road smash gave her 5 match factors. Sindhu saved two earlier than Tai Tzu unleashed a fast return off the Indian’s serve to take the match.

This story has been printed from a wire company feed with out modifications to the textual content.

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