The Indian badminton team suffered its first loss of the Thomas & Uber Cup with the women’s side going down to Thailand 5-0 at the Ceres Arena in Aarhus, Denmark on Wednesday.
Having already sealed their place in the quarter-finals, the tie against Thailand was to determine the table-topper in Group B of the competition.
The Indian team, without star shuttler Saina Nehwal who has been sidelined to an injury, put up a valiant fight before losing to fourth seed Thailand.
First, the 20-year-old Malvika Bansod lost 21-15, 21-11 in 45 minutes to the world No. 10 Pornpawee Chochuwong in their women’s singles match.
Then, the experienced doubles pairing of Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy lost 21-16, 21-12 to the world No. 8 duo of Jongkolphan Kititharakul and Rawinda Prajongjai.
India’s Aditi Bhatt was the only shuttler to take her match to three games.
Against world No. 13 Busanan Ongbamrungphan, the Indian went down 21-16, 18-21, 21-15. The win helped Thailand seal the tie.
Later, the scratch pair of Treesa Jolly and Gayatri Gopichand lost 21-17, 21-16 to Puttita Supajirakul and Sapsiree Taerattanachai while Tasnim Mir lost her singles match to Supanida Katethong 21-19, 21-15.
The Indian men’s badminton team has also secured their place in the last eight of the Thomas Cup and will be in action on Thursday when they take on the defending champions China in their final Group C tie.