India crashed out of Thailand’s Uber Cup on Thursday after women’s badminton superstar PV Sindhu came up short against local crowd favourite Ratchanok Intanon.
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Thailand will now progress to the women’s semi-finals against China, while Japan will meet Korea on Friday.
Spurred on by a rowdy crowd, eighth-ranked Intanon, a former world champion, fought back from one game down to beat Tokyo bronze medallist Sindhu 18-21, 21-17, 21-12.
Light on her feet, Intanon’s technical skills helped her battle the severe sideways drift on the court.
“I know she is an attacking player… I was trying to be myself,” Intanon told reporters.
Fourth-ranked An Se-young from South Korea triumphed over Denmark’s Mia Blichfeldt, who is 14th in the world, 18-21, 21-15, 21-18.
Earlier, world number one Akane Yamaguchi saw off Taiwan’s Tai Tzu Ying, a day after a surprise loss to Bilqis Prasista, a teenage Indonesian rookie ranked 333rd in the world.
Tai, ranked second in the world, pushed her Japanese 24-year-old opponent to three games but lost 10-21, 21-19, 19-21.
Meanwhile, Prasista, 18, managed to put up an admirable fight against China’s He Bing Jiao, ranked ninth in the world, dragging out play for three games.
But after losing the first game, 25-year-old He sealed victory 19-21, 21-18, 21-7.
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