Sudirman Cup: Thailand blow away India 4-1 in group stage opener-
Srikanth and the Ashwini-Sikki pair lost their particular matches, whereas Malvika moreover went down battling in women’s singles as India’s fate against Thailand was sealed after the first 4 matches.
The men’s pairing of Dhruv Kapila and MR Arjun was the only shinning spot as India suffered a 1-4 misfortune to Thailand in their group A opener, risking the chances of qualifying for knockout stage of Sudirman Cup badminton.
With P V Sindhu and the men’s pairs duo of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty missing in action, the onus was on senior players such as Kidambi Srikanth and women’s copies match of Ashwini N Sikki and Ponnappa Ready to carry the team through.
Exposed to top-tier badminton, Malvika gave a great show of her colossal potential but she needed the power and exactness to inconvenience Pornpawee Chochuwong, going down 11-21 14-21 against the world No. 10 within the women’s singles.
The Indian duo broke off at 12-12 and built a lead to eventually shut the door on their opponents.