India bow out of Badminton Asia Mixed Team Championships 2019 after loss to Chinese Taipei

first_imgIndia crashed out of the Asia Mixed Team badminton Championships after losing 2-3 to Chinese Taipei, despite some brilliant performances by rising star Ashmita Chaliha and men’s doubles pair of Arun George and Sanyam Shukla in Hong Kong on Thursday.Ashmita and George-Shukla emerged victorious in the first two matches to give India a 2-0 lead in the five-match tie but defeats in the next three matches meant India failed to progress from Group B.India had suffered a defeat to Singapore by an identical scoreline in their opening Group B match.With this win, a resilient Taipei booked their quarter-final berth.George and Shukla showed nerves of steel to hold off the World No. 14 pair of Liao Min Chun and Ching Heng for a 21-17, 17-21, 21-14 win.Assam’s 19-year-old Chaliha then played beyond her age to get a marathon 21-18, 17-21, 21-19 win in exactly an hour.With India leading 2-0, World No. 32 Wang Tzu Wei and three-time Indian national champion Sourabh Verma were locked in a gritty contest before the Chinese Taipei shuttler pulled off a 21-7, 16-21, 23-21 victory.It motivated the women’s doubles and mixed doubles teams of the Taipei squad who did not even drop a game to complete the win.While the women’s doubles pair of Chang Ching Hui and Yang Ching Tun beat Arathi Sara Sunil and Rutaparna Panda 21-19, 21-17, the mixed doubles combine of Hsieh Pei Shan and Tseng Min Hao easily dismissed Shikha Gautam and Shlok Ramchandran 21-15, 21-14.advertisementIndia thus failed to emulate their performance from the last edition in which they had made it to the quarter-finals.Also Read | Yet to recover from gastroenteritis problem, Saina Nehwal pulls out of India OpenAlso See:last_img read more