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India crash out of Badminton Asia Mixed Team Championships

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India could not hold on to their 2-0 lead and suffered their second successive defeat, going down 2-3 to Chinese Taipei, and crashed out of the Badminton Asia mixed team championship in Hong Kong on Thursday.
 
On Wednesday, India had lost to Singapore by an identical score line.
 
India opened their campaign against Chinese Taipei on a promising note, winning the first two rubbers in tight matches. 
 
However, a resilient Taipei team made a strong comeback after that and won all the three rubbers to take the tie and book their quarter-final berth.
 
Arun George and Sanyam Shukla showed nerves of steel to hold off the World No. 14 pair of Liao Min Chun and Ching Heng for a 21-17, 17-21, 21-14 win.
 
Assam’s 19-year-old Ashmita Chaliha then played beyond her age to get a marathon 21-18, 17-21, 21-19 win in exactly an hour.
 
With India leading 2-0, World No. 32 Wang Tzu Wei and three-time Indian national champion Sourabh Verma were locked in a gritty contest before the Chinese Taipei ace pulled off a 21-7, 16-21, 23-21 victory.
 
It motivated the women’s doubles and mixed doubles teams of the Taipei squad who did not even drop a game to complete the win. 
 
While the women’s doubles pair of Chang Ching Hui and Yang Ching Tun beat Arathi Sara Sunil and Rutaparna Panda 21-19, 21-17, the mixed doubles combine of Hsieh Pei Shan and Tseng Min Hao easily dismissed Shikha Gautam and Shlok Ramchandran 21-15, 21-14.
 
Despite not having the top stars, the youngsters showed a lot of promise and this experience would come in handy for them.
 
India however failed to emulate their performance from the last edition in which they had made it to the quarter-finals.
 
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