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India eliminated from Thomas Cup after losing to South Korea

India's R.M.V. Gurusaidutt in action during the Thomas Cup tie against South Korea
India's R.M.V. Gurusaidutt in action during the Thomas Cup tie against South Korea

New Delhi, May 19 (IANS): The Indian men's shuttlers were knocked out of the Thomas Cup after losing their do-or-die Group C clash 2-3 to South Korea at the Siri Fort Sports Complex here Monday.

While Wan Ho Son took care of Kidambi Srikanth in the first singles 17-21, 21-12, 21-18, B. Sumeet Reddy and Manu Atrri's 18-21, 17-21 loss to Yeon Seong Yoo and Yong Dae Lee in the doubles made it 2-0 for the visitors.

After suffering a disastrous loss on Sunday, captain Parupalli Kashyap came back strongly to defeat Dong Keun Lee 21-17, 21-14 to make it 1-2 for the hosts.

But Sa Rang Kim and Ki Jung Kim made sure their team entered the quarterfinals by defeating Akshay Dewalkar and Pranaav Jerry Chopra 21-16, 21-16 in the second doubles.

R.M.V. Gurusaidutt won his final men's singles match against Hwang Jong Soo 24-22, 21-13 but by then it was already too late.

South Korea have qualified for the last eight along with Malaysia who beat Germany 4-1. India will take on Germany in a dead rubber in their last pool tie on Wednesday.

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