The Indian men’s badminton team started their winning streak in the Thomas Cup final by defeating Netherlands 5-0 in their opening Group C match.
Taking to the court first, Kidambi Srikanth defeated Joran Kwekel 21-12, 21-14 in men’s singles on Sunday night before the doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty beat Dutch pair of Ruben Jill and Tice van der Lek 21 defeated by -19. 21-12 to give India a 2-0 lead.
World Championships bronze medalist B Sai Praneeth then beat Robin Messman 21-4, 21-12 in the second singles match to give India an unassailable 3-0 lead.
MR Arjun and Dhruv Kapila beat Andy Buijk and Brian Wasink 21-12 21-13 in the second doubles match before Sameer Verma made a clean sweep of the third and final singles match with a 21-6 21-11 win over Gijs Deuss. .
Earlier on Sunday, ace shuttler Saina Nehwal She was forced to retire in the middle of her opening match, but India’s young women’s team put up a clinical performance to register a stunning 3-2 win over Spain in the Uber Cup final.
India’s men’s team will take on another vulnerable opponent in Tahiti in the Thomas Cup on Tuesday, while the country’s women’s shuttler will take on Scotland in Group B.