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Indian shuttlers lose to Denmark

Indian shuttlers lose to Denmark
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PV Sindhu\'s win was the only bright spot on a dismal day as India suffered a 1-4 loss to Denmark in their opening match of the Sudirman Cup mixed team event. Up against two-time runners-up Denmark, India came a cropper after they lost the first three ties -- mixed doubles, men\'s singles and men\'s double --, to go down 0-3 in the five- match rubber.Starting the proceedings, the experienced Ashwi

Gold Coast: PV Sindhu's win was the only bright spot on a dismal day as India suffered a 1-4 loss to Denmark in their opening match of the Sudirman Cup mixed team event. Up against two-time runners-up Denmark, India came a cropper after they lost the first three ties -- mixed doubles, men's singles and men's double --, to go down 0-3 in the five- match rubber.

Starting the proceedings, the experienced Ashwini Ponnappa and the young Satwiksairaj Rankireddy paired up and displayed good fighting spirit before going down 15-21, 21-16, 17-21 to the London Olympics bronze-medallist combo of Joachim Fischer Nielsen and Christinna Pedersen in the mixed doubles match that lasted an hour and 10 minutes here. A lot was expected from World No 13 Ajay Jayaram after his recent success against Viktor Axelsen at the Malaysia Open but the Mumbai shuttler capitulated 12-21, 7-21 in just 27 minutes as India slipped to 0-2.

In the men's doubles match, Rio Olympians Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy crossed swords with former Olympic silver-medallists Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen. After 33 minutes, it was the Danish pair which emerged victorious 21-17, 21-15.Olympic silver-medallist Sindhu salvaged some respect with a 21-18, 21-6 win over Line Kjaersfeldt.

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