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India go down to Thailand in Asia mixed team C’ship

Ho Chi Minh (Vietnam), Feb 17:
H S Prannoy and the men’s doubles pair of Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy won their respective matches but India still suffered a narrow 2-3 loss to Thailand in the quarterfinals of the ROBOT Badminton Asia Mixed Team Championships here today.
Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold champions, Pranaav Jerry Chopra and N Sikki Reddy started the proceedings for India. The duo produced a gallant fight before going down 25-23 10-21 10-21 to the combo of Savitree Amitrapai and Dechapol Puavaranukroh in a 50-minute mixed doubles match.
With India lagging 0-1, Prannoy took the court and the World No.23 saw off Suppanyu Avihingsanon 21-18 21-15 in 39 minutes to bring his team back on track.
Rio Olympians, Manu and Sumeeth then notched up a 21-19 21-16 win over Kittinupong Kedren and Nipitphon Phuangphuapet in the men’s doubles match which lasted 34 minutes at the Nguyen Du Cultural Sport Club here.
Newly-crowned national champion Rituparna Das was then given the responsibility to seal the tie for India but despite a brilliant fight the Indian failed to surpass Pornpawee Chochuwong.
She lost 21-11 12-21 15-21 to the World No. 40, who had reached the finals at Malaysia Masters last month. (PTI)

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