India lost to China 0-3 in the Sudiram Cup quarter-finals in Gold Coast on Friday. In the mixed doubles game, World No. 2 duo of Lu Kai and Huang Yaqiong defeated Satwiksairaj Ranikreddy and Ashwini Ponnappa 16-21, 21-13, 21-16 although in the men’s singles it was India’s shuttler Kidambi Srikanth who was outwhelmed by Chen Long 21-16, 21-17.
The 24-year-old Srikanth though showed some assurance during the course but eventually lost the game to the Chinese in a 48-minute encounter at Gold Coast. After this defeat India slipped to 0-2 deficit in 5-game rubber.
Later, in another men’s doubles game, duo of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty lost to fu Haifeng and Zhang Nan 21-9, 21-11.
The next two games, which had PV Sindhu in women’s singles and women’s doubles where Ashwini Ponnappa and Reddy N. Sikki had to lock buzzers with Bao Yixin and Tang Jinhua became negligible. India had just qualified in the knockout stages only once in 2011 where they were overwhelmed by China 1-3 to end their crusade.
China so far had only lost one match out of their 10 in the round-robin stage and they will now play against the winner of the quarter-final game between Japan and Malaysia.