New Delhi, 30 September:  India had a mixed luck in Asian Games Badminton team events as women’s team, spearheaded by PV Sindhu, crashed out of contention ,The men’s team, featuring Lakshya Sen and Kidambi Srikanth,  confirmed a medal after 37 years in Hangzhou on Friday..

India last won a men’s team medal at the Asian Games in 1986 . The squad, led by Syed Modi, clinched bronze at Seoul 

In the women's team quarter-finals, Two-time Olympic medalist PV Sindhu, Ashmita Chaliha and Gayatri Gopichand-Treesa Jolly all lost as India went down 0-3 to Thailand.

Sindhu won her first game against Pornpawee Chochuwong in the opening singles but lost next two games 21-14, 15-21, 14-21.

In the doubles, Gayatri Gopichand and Treesa Jolly lost 19-21, 5-21 to Jongkolphan Kititharakul and Rawinda Prajongjai. In the third match, Ashmita Chaliha fell 9-21, 16-21 to Busanan Ongbamrungphan.

The women’s team had defeated Mongolia 3-0 in its round of 16 match on Thursday.

Later in the day,  men’s  team defeated Nepal 3-0 to advance to the semi-finals. They will face the winner of the quarter-final match between Indonesia and Korea in the semis on Saturday. India was handed a bye in the first round.

In the first men’s singles Commonwealth Games champion Lakshya Sen cruised to a 21-5, 21-8 win over Prince Dahal. Kidambi Srikanth then beat Sunil Joshi 21-4, 21-12 to double the lead.

In the final singles , Mithun Manjunath got the better of Bishnu Katuwal 21-2, 21-7 to confirm India’s first medal in badminton at Hangzhou. Since losing semi-finalists in badminton events at the Asian Games win bronze..
The singles, doubles and mixed doubles events will start from October 2.  


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