Badminton: India braces up for tough test at Sudirman Cup

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India on Wednesday sealed a place in the knockout stage of the Sudirman Cup mixed team championship to set up a quarter-final showdown with 10-time champions China. She and N Sikki Reddy were edged by Denmark by a whisker in their women's doubles match on Monday.

Drawn in Group of Death - 1D, which also has former champions Indonesia, the ninth seeds can not afford a losing start.

And finally the in-form duo of Ashwini/Sikki Reddy made it 4-1 with their wonderful win over Della Haris/Rosyita Putri Sari 21-12, 21-19.

The new pair of Satwiksairaj and Ashwini produced a gritty performance to eke out a 22-20 17-21 21-19 win over Tontowi Ahmad and Gloria Emanuelle Widjaja in a mixed doubles match to give India a 1-0 lead.

However, Olympic silver-medallist P V Sindhu then defeated Fitriani Fitriani 21-9 21-19 in a 42-minute women's singles match to guide India to an unassailable 3-1 lead in the five-match rubber.

India and Denmark both have one point each.

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Denmark (6-4) topped the group, followed by India (5-5) and Indonesia (4-6) after the completion of the league stage and that booked the ticket for India. They blew away the teenaged Indian pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty and then warded them off in the second game for a 21-9, 21-17 triumph.

Indonesia have failed to qualify for the Sudirman Cup quarter-finals for the first time, despite beating Denmark at the Carrara Sports and Leisure Centre in Gold Coast.

Srikanth Kidambi too was impressive with his performance in the men's singles contest as he trumped Jonatan Christie in straight games 21-15, 21-16.

World No.13 Ajay Jayaram lost 12-21, 7-21 to Viktor Axelsen in 27 minutes, as India went down 0-2.

In men's doubles, Manu Attri and B. Sumeeth Reddy crossed swords with former Olympic silver medallists Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen. But the Rio Olympic silver medallist prevailed over the 18-year-old, 21-8, 21-19 which is her third victory over the Indonesian in as many meetings. Indonesia will have to beat Denmark by a 4-1 margin, in order to tie team scores at the top of the pool.

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