Sindhu wins again but India lose 1-3 to Indonesia

China advanced to the women's final of the Badminton Asia Team Championships as they aim to defend their title

China advanced to the women's final of the Badminton Asia Team Championships as they aim to defend their title

Alor Setar: The Indian men's and women's teams crashed out of the Badminton Asia Team Championships after losing to China and Indonesia respectively in the quarter-finals on Friday.

It was a remarkable but deserved victory for the Indonesians, who demonstrated consistency and discipline to win all their matches from the group stage.

Badminton powerhouse China came to the regional tournament minus their superstars such as Lin Dan and Chen Long.

"We learnt from our mistakes and we came to this tournament well prepared".

Jonatan Christie started the ball rolling with a 21-16, 17-21, 21-18 win over China's Shi Yuqi before Mohammad Ahsan-Angga Pratama extended Indonesia's lead by overcoming He Jiting-Tan Qiang 21-19, 21-18 in 37 minutes.

In the second singles, Hanna Ramadini breezed past Priya Kudaravalli 21-8, 21-15.

It was a powerful attacking comeback from the 20-year-old Indonesian, who had defeated South Korea's world number four Son Wan-Ho in the semifinals on Saturday.

Rian Agung Saputro-Hendra Setiawan earned Indonesia's winning point with a comprehensive 21-14, 21-19 victory over Han Chengkai-Zhou Haodong in the second doubles match. "It gives us the ideal preparation for the Thomas Cup in May", Herry told reporters after the stunning win.

Japan were crowned champions in the women's event when they defeated China 3-0.

Misaki Matsutomo-Ayaka Takahashi then extended Japan lead with a 21-13, 21-16 success over Du Yue-Li Yinhui.

Nozomi Okuhara completed the triumph when she tamed He Bingjiao 19-21, 21-16, 21-10.

The Asian Championships acted as a qualifier for the Thomas and Uber Cups, the biennial World Championships contested by men's and women's national teams.

Malaysia and South Korea have also qualified for the Thomas Cup finals which is one of badminton's most prestigious team event.

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