India will return dwelling with a first-ever medal — a bronze — from the continental event.© Twitter
India’s marketing campaign within the Badminton Asian Blended Crew Championship ended with a 2-3 loss to China within the semi-finals, however not earlier than the doubles groups — males’s and blended — got here up with impressed performances to provide their opponents a tricky time on Saturday. Although India misplaced the keenly contested rubber, they’ll return dwelling with a first-ever medal — a bronze — from the continental event, as each shedding semi-finalists are awarded medals.
Down 0-2 after HS Prannoy had misplaced the opening semi-final match to Lei Lan Xi 13-21, 15-21 and two-time Olympic medallist P V Sindhu had suffered a 9-21 21-16 18-21 defeat by the hands of Gao Fang Jie, the doubles groups gave a much better efficiency to convey India again on stage phrases (2-2).
Prannoy was no match for the 2016 world junior champion in blended staff occasion, shedding in simply 45 minutes, whereas Sindhu, who’s step by step getting again to full health after a heel damage that stored her out for 5 months, gave a tricky combat to her 24-year-old opponent earlier than bowing out in a single hour and 10 minutes.
The lads’s doubles pair of Dhruv Kapila and Chirag Shetty then overcame Ji Ting and Zhou Hao Dong 21-19,21-19 and the ladies’s doubles pair of Treesa Jolly and Gayatri Gopichand defeated Liu Sheng Shu and Tan Ning 21-18 13-21 21-19 to stage the scores at 2-2.
All eyes have been on the blended doubles pair of Ishaan Bhatnagar and Tanisha Crasto to information India into the ultimate however Jiang Zhen Bang and Wei Ya Xin proved too sturdy within the decider, successful 21-17 21-13 in simply 34 minutes.
Earlier on Friday, India had staged a exceptional comeback to down Hong Kong 3-2 and qualify for the semi-finals and guarantee a first-ever medal within the continental event.
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