HS Prannoy and men’s doubles pair of MR Arjun and Shlok Ramchandran placed up fantastic performances however couldn’t forestall Singapore from ekeing out a slim 3-2 win over India in a collection B suit of the Asia Mixed Team Championships here Wednesday. India didn’t have an excellent beginning to the five-in shape tie as blended doubles pair of MR Arjun and Rutaparna Panda misplaced sixteen-21 13-21 to Singapore’s Danny Bawa Chrisnanta and Tan Wei Han in the starting match. However, 2018 Asian Championships bronze medallist Prannoy added India lower back within the contest, securing a 21-eight, 12-21, 21-17 win over Thailand Masters champion Kean Yew Loh within the men’s singles. After Prannoy leveled the tie, Arjun and Shlok positioned India ahead with a robust 21-sixteen, 21-18 victory over Loh Kean Hean and Chrisnanta. The onus to wrap up the tie then fall on the younger shoulders of Assamese wonderkid Ashmita Chaliha. The National Championships bronze medallist fought bravely before happening 21-17, 12-21, sixteen-21 to World No. 32 Yeo Jia Min in a thrilling ladies’ singles fit. In the final rubber of the tie, Indian girls’ doubles pair of Arathi Sara Sunil and Panda positioned up a show of grit and backbone however it becomes now not enough as Singapore’s Putri Sari Dewi Citra and Lim Ming Hui prevailed 22-24, 21-15, 21-sixteen win in a single hour and 9 minutes. With this loss, India is positioned at the bottom of Group B, trailing Chinese Taipei and Singapore. With most of the pinnacle Indian stars, such as Saina Nehwal, PV Sindhu, and Kidambi Srikanth, rested beforehand of subsequent week’s India Open, the contingent had a tough project at this match wherein they lost within the region-finals within the preceding version. India next tackle Chinese Taipei in a should-win come across on Thursday.
India’s pinnacle Men’s Doubles pair of Satwiksairaj and Chirag Shetty will now not be taking part inside the India Open scheduled to take area in the country’s capital later this month, selecting as a substitute to attention on Olympic qualification- PTI reports. The choice changed into interested in the idea to offer more time for the duo to achieve height health ranges for Olympic qualification. An damage overdue closing yr stricken Satwiksairaj which forced the duo to sit out events starting in 2019 just like the tournaments in Malaysia, Indonesia, and All England. Even the senior nationals noticed Chirag crew up with Pranaav Jerry Chopra to clinch the Senior Men’s Doubles crown. The duo of Chirag and Satwik were purported to make a comeback in the India Open till it became determined that they may be sitting this one out. “Satwik has recovered from his damage however he will best start playing complete on in another week, so after consulting the physio we determined to bypass the occasions,” Chirag became quoted as saying via PTI. “The Olympic qualification starts subsequent month and we need to be in our absolute best to pursue our desires of creating the reduce for the Tokyo Games. So we can be beginning our season with the New Zealand Open World Tour Super three hundred,” he delivered. “There is Sudirman Cup and Australia Open subsequent, so in a month’s time we will play 3 tournaments, so we can be specializing in that now.” For his part, Satwik left humans in no question approximately what the intentions of the duo are going to be in this time main up to the Olympics. “It becomes a quite correct 12 months for us. We are actually making plans to get into top 10 with the aid of year stop. I suppose we’re nearly there within the pinnacle. There are simply few little adjustments which we must make and we can quickly be in the top 10,” he changed into quoted as saying. Following the exit of Coach Tan Kim Her, Indian doubles badminton is going thru a bit of a transition in the meanwhile for the reason that the players are going to be adjusting to coaches Flandy Limpele and Namrih Suroto from Indonesia who have taken charge of education the National Doubles team. While it is early days nevertheless, Chirag has been quoted as announcing that he become searching forward to the new education regime from Indonesia. Clearly, at this factor, health appears to be a top priority for the Indian crew.