Badminton

Thomas Cup: India enters final for the first time in tournament’s 73-years history

Indian men’s badminton created history as they entered the final of Thomas Cup final for the first time in 73-years history of the tournament. India defeated 2016 champions Denmark in a nail-biting semifinal at the Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand on Friday.

In the first singles, World Championships bronze medalist Lakshya Sen (WR 9) lost 13-21, 13-21 to Olympic champion Viktor Axelsen (WR 1).

The pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy/Chirag Shetty made it 1-1 as they won 21-18, 21-23, 22-20 against Kim Astrup/Mathias Christiansen.

Kidambi Srikanth (WR 11) created a huge upset in the second singles as he beat World No.3 Anders Antonsen 21-18, 12-21, 21-15 to give a 2-1 lead.

The inexperienced pair of Krishna Prasad Garaga/Vishnuvardhan Goud Panjala went down 14-21, 13-21 to Anders Skaarup Rasmussen/Frederik Søgaard in the second doubles.

In the final rubber of the tie, H S Prannoy (WR 23) came from one set behind to beat Rasmus Gemke (WR 13) 13-21, 21-19, 21-12.

India will face Indonesia in the final on Sunday.

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