India qualifies for knockout stage of Sudirman Cup Gold Coast

Sudirman Cup 2017 Indian badminton team qualifies for knockout stage

The only way Indonesia can progress into the last eight stage is if they thrash Denmark on Wednesday, which looks unlikely.

The fifth match saw Ashwini and N Sikki Reddy prevail 21-12 21-19 over World No 15 Della Destiara Haris and Rosyita Eka Putri Sar to complete a 4-1 drubbing.

Pusarla Sindhu, who took home silver at Rio previous year, showed her class as she swept aside Line Kjaersfeldt in the women's singles to earn a consolation for India, while women's doubles runners-up Pedersen and Kamilla Rytter Juhl had to come from behind to beat Ponnappa and N. Sikki Reddy 18-21, 21-15, 23-21.

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Admitted that the youthful Indonesians are not among the world's top 10 pairs, and stretched the Indians to some extent only in the second game.

Denmark, which won six matches and lost four, topped the group, followed by India (5-5) and Indonesia (4-6). They were up against Olympic champion Tontowi Ahmad and his partner Gloria Emanuelle Widjaja.

Barring the young men's doubles team of Satwiksairaj and Chirag Shetty, who lost to Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Su kamuljo 9-21, 17-21, the rest of Indian squad were impressive on Tuesday.

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And then, when Sindhu would have been able to level the tie at 2-2 in the fourth match after the two in-between wash-outs, Ashwini-Sikki would have had a very real chance of upsetting the calculations of Pedersen and Rytter-Juhl. Kidambi Srikanth scored a magnificent 21-15, 21-16 victory over Indonesia's Jonatan Christie, who was preferred to the more experienced Tommy Sugiarto.

India, ranked ninth, have managed to reach the knockout stage of the tournament only once during the 2011 edition, while in the last two editions they couldn't even cross the group stage.

In men's doubles, Rio Olympians Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy crossed swords with former Olympic silver medallists Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen.

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Olympic silver medallist P V Sindhu then registered a victory of 21-18, 21-6 over Line Kjaersfeldt in a match that lasted 32 minutes. Scoreboard.com provided the latest Group 1 standings.

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