Sindhu, Lakshya lead India’s quest for medal at Thomas and Uber Cup Ultimate | Badminton Information

BANGKOK: Focal point will probably be on double Olympic medallist PV Sindhu and International Championships bronze winner Lakshya Sen because the Indian badminton contingent resumes its quest for a medal on the Thomas and Uber Cup Ultimate starting right here on Sunday.
No Indian males’s group has ever received a medal within the Thomas Cup, having failed to succeed in the semifinal even as soon as.
However the ladies had two semifinal finishes in successive editions of the Uber Cup to clinch two bronze medals in 2014 and 2016.
Remaining 12 months, each the lads’s and ladies’s groups signed off their campaigns on the quarterfinal degree.
This time, India boasts of a robust males’s group comprising global quantity nine Sen, global quantity 11 Kidambi Srikanth and HS Prannoy, ranked 23rd on the earth, in singles.
The doubles will probably be led via global quantity nine pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty, whilst the mix of MR Arjun and Dhruv Kapila, and that of Krishna Prasad Garaga and Vishnuvardhan Goud Panjala also are a part of the group.
Given a strong group and a beneficial draw, Indian males will glance to make the golden alternative rely as they open marketing campaign towards Germany in staff C which additionally accommodates Chinese language Taipei and Canada.
The ladies’s group, alternatively, was once left depleted following the withdrawals of the skilled doubles pair of N Sikki Reddy and Ashwini Ponnappa and fast-rising Gayatri Gopichand.
Each Sikki and Gayatri are nursing accidents and feature been steered relaxation.
Of their absence, the onus will probably be at the shoulders of upcoming doubles gamers similar to Tanisha Crasto, Shruti Mishra, Simran Singhi, Ritika Thaker and Treesa Jolly.
Within the ladies’s singles, global quantity 7 Sindhu should do the heavy lifting as the opposite two singles gamers Aakarshi Kashyap and younger Unnati Hooda lack enjoy however will glance to provide a excellent display. They’d made it to the squad following a rigorous variety trial.
With some key gamers lacking, it’s going to be difficult for the ladies’s group to get previous staff D individuals South Korea, Canada and United States and win a medal.
In line with the structure, a complete of 16 groups had been drawn into 4 teams of 4 with the highest two groups advancing to the knockout degree.
Of the entire staff C individuals, Indian males will face the hardest pageant from Chinese language Taipei, who boasts of worldwide quantity four Chou Tien Chen, but even so the arena quantity three doubles pairing of Lee Yang and Wang Chi-Lin.
For ladies, Korea will probably be a difficult competitor, boasting of worldwide quantity four An Seyoung, global quantity 19 Kim Gaeun and global quantity 46 Sim Yujin, whilst Michelle Li is the highest participant for Canada, who may end up to be a difficult buyer.
Protecting champion Indonesia are essentially the most a success group within the Thomas Cup with 14 males’s titles, whilst China has 15 Uber Cup crowns of their kitty.
“We now have the most efficient likelihood to win Thomas Cup this time. We now have 3 respectable singles and one doubles pair at par with the most efficient and we simply need to make certain that they’re all pumped up, they all are in a position to beating the most efficient,” former India trainer Vimal Kumar advised PTI.
“I will perceive, it’s tricky for the ladies’s group however the males’s group has a superb opportunity.”

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