Asia Badminton Championship Beat Hong Kong
India's hopes of reaching the knockout stage in the Badminton Asia Championship are still intact. India beat Hong 3-2 in Group A. India Open winners Lakshaya Sen, Mithun Manjunath, and the doubles pair of Hariharan A and Ruben R registered the win for India.
ExExpectations of a place in the knockouts of the championship
The Indian men's team, led by World Championship bronze medalist Lakshya Sen, kept their hopes of a place in the Badminton Asia Team Championships knock-out alive with a 3-2 win over Hong Kong in Group A here on Thursday. However, a 0-5 loss in the first match against Korea has made it difficult for the team to make it to the knockouts. India is currently ranked third above Hong Kong in Group A with one win and one loss.
Ruben R's doubles pair won
From Group A, defending champions Indonesia and Korea are currently leading the race for a place in the knockouts. India Open winners Lakshya, Mithun Manjunath, and the doubles pair of Hariharan A and Ruben R registered a win for India on Thursday. Lakshya, the world number 13, took to the court first and gave India a good start by defeating world number 17 Lee Cheuk Yiu 21-19 21-10 in 35 minutes.
Hope remains intact in India's Asia Championship
Lau Cheuk Him and Lee Chun Hei Reginald beat the pair of Manjit Singh Khwerakpam and Dinku Singh Konthojam 20-22 21-15 21-18 in a thrilling double match to level Hong Kong 1-1. Kiran George, who won the Super 100 tournament for the first time in Odisha, went down to Chen Yin Chek 13-21 21-1 9-21 despite a tough challenge to take Hong Kong to a 2-1 lead.
India must beat Indonesia
Hariharan and Reuben, however, beat Chow Hin Long and Liu Chun Wei 21- 17 21- 16 to level India. Manjunath, who reached the semi-finals of the Syed Modi Super 300 tournament, then defeated Jason Gunawan 21 - 14 17 -21 21- 11 to ensure India's 3-2 victory. To make it to the knockouts, India will now have to beat defending champions Indonesia on Friday and pray for Korea's defeat against Hong Kong.