Asian Games 2018: India crash out of women’s badminton team event


first_imgThe Indian women’s badminton team is out of the medal race in the 2018 Asian Games as they lost 1-3 to Japan in the Women’s Team quarterfinal event in Jakarta on Monday.An inconsistent Saina Nehwal saved four match points before losing to Nozomi Okuhara after PV Sindhu’s gritty win over world number one Japanese Akane Yamaguchi, as India crashed out.It was always going to be a close affair between Sindhu and Yamaguchi but the Indian prevailed in the tight opening singles 21-18 21-19.Asian Games 2018 Day 2 Live UpdatesSindhu, who took 41 minutes to put India ahead, had also beaten Yamaguchi at the recent World Championship on the way to the final.N Sikki Reddy and Arathi Sunil struggled to contain unforced errors and lost tamely 15-21 6-21 to Yuki Fukushima and Sayaka Hirota, allowing the Japanese to make it 1-1.ASIAN GAMES 2018: FULL COVERAGEIn the crucial second women’s singles, Saina made a dramatic comeback and saved four match points in the second game, but eventually lost 11-21 25-23 16-21 after battling for one hour and 11 minutes.Saina initially struggled to contain her unforced errors while Okuhara was disciplined. The Indian hit almost everything either over the line or on to the net but still made a stunning comeback.She, though, could not take advantage of the momentum and lost five points in a row from 16-16 in the decider to lose the match to Okuhara, who felt the heat towards the end but was helped by the Indian’s inconsistency.advertisementIn the must-win fourth rubber, Sindhu and Ashwini Ponappa lost 13-21 12-21 to Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi, who were solid with their defense.KABADDI WOMEN’S TEAM VICTORYThe Indian women’s kabaddi team registered their second win at the ongoing 2018 Asian Games as they defeated Thailand 33-23 here on Monday.Led by raider Payel Chaudhari, the Indian eves rode on their attack to lead the first half 12-10.They also dominated the second half as their raiders were successful in breaking the opponent’s weak defence and the team finished the game 33-23.India had earlier crushed Japan 43-12 in their campaign opener on Sunday.(With PTI inputs)last_img

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