While the men’s team put up a spirited fight before going down 2-3 to Chinese Taipei in group C, the women shuttlers couldn’t take a single game off Korea, suffering a demoralising 0-5 defeat in group D.
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However, the twin defeats will not matter much as both the teams have already sealed their respective quarterfinal berths after securing a top-two finish in the group following two victories.
In the quarterfinals, the Indian women will have to pull up their socks as they face Thailand.
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For the Indian women, it was a reality check after two successive wins against Canada and USA as they looked awfully out of sorts against a much superior opponent in Korea.
Double Olympic medallist P V Sindhu had a disappointing outing as she succumbed to her straight fifth loss to world number four An Seyoung, losing 15-21 14-21 this time in a lopsided contest, as India conceded a 0-1 lead.
The combo of Shruti Mishra and Simran Singhi was no match for world number two pair of Lee Sohee and Shin Seungchan, going down 13-21 12-21 in 39 minutes.
Aakarshi Kashyap was sent packing 10-21 10-21 by world number 19 Kim Ga Eun as India surrendered the tie 0-3.
In the next two matches, Kim Hye Jeong and Kong Heeyong beat Tanisha Crasto and Treesa Jolly 21-14 21-11, while Ashmita Chaliha lost 18-21 17-21 to Sim Yujin as Korea completed a 5-0 drubbing of India.
Up against Chinese Taipei, the Indian men’s team fought hard with Lakshya Sen and the doubles pair of MR Arjun and Dhruv Kapila winning a game but only Kidambi Srikanth and HS Prannoy could claim victories over their opponents.
World championships bronze medallist Sen produced a gallant fight before losing 19-21 21-13 17-21 to world number four Chou Tien Chen in an hour and 20 minute clash.
The world number 8 pairing of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty couldn’t get past Lee Yang and Wang Chi-Lin, ranked 3rd, losing 11-21 19-21 as India slipped to 0-2.
World championship silver medallist Srikanth outwitted the tricky Tzu Wei Wang 21-19 21-16 in 53 minutes to keep India afloat.
MR Arjun and Dhruv Kapila showed a stomach to fight as they saved four match points, only to go down 17-21 21-19 19-21 against Lu Ching Yao and Yang Po Han in a tight second doubles match, as India conceded a decisive 1-3 lead to Korea.
In the final match, world number 23 HS Prannoy beat world number 119 Lu Chia Hung 21-18, 17-21, 21-18 in a close affair.