India's campaign at the Sudirman Cup ended after they went down 0-3 against 10-time champions China in the quarter-finals of the mixed team championship here yesterday.
It was always going to be an uphill task for the ninth-seeded Indian team to breach the Chinese wall and though the mixed doubles pair of Ashwini Ponnappa and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy put up a gritty show to challenge the World No. 2 pair of Lu Kai and Huang Yaqiong, they ultimately went down. The experienced Chinese combination had the last laugh as they beat Ashwini and Satwiksairaj 16-21, 21-13, 21-16 in the first match that lasted an hour and three minutes. K Srikanth was then handed the enormous task of taming the Olympic champion Chen Long. In the men's singles match, Srikanth showed some spark but never came close to threatening the Chinese.
It was a 16-21, 17-21 loss against Long that saw India slip to a 0-2 deficit in the five-match rubber.
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