Rio Olympics silver-medallist P V Sindhu was the only good performer on the dismal day as India slumped to a 1-4 defeat against Denmark in their opening match of the Sudirman Cup mixed team badminton championship at the Carrara Indoor Sports Stadium here on Monday.
Both Denmark and India now have won one match each and the knockout berths will be decided only after Wednesday's clash between Indonesia and Denmark.
Left-handed Sikki Reddy gelled brilliantly with the hard-hitting right-hander, Ashwini, to decimate the challenge of Della Destiara Haris and Rosyita Eka Putri Sari by a 21-12, 21-19 scoreline in Tuesday's fifth and final encounter against Indonesia.
Though the women's singles sealed Indonesia's win over Denmark, their knockout fate still depended on the women's doubles in the fifth match of the tie. But Sindhu reeled off four straight points after being down 17-19 to seal the rubber and the tie for India.
Only top two teams of the group progress to the knockout stages, and if India are to stay alive, they need to find ways to beat Indonesia, which is not going to be easy. The stand-out performance in this runaway triumph came from Satwiksairaj and Ashwini, who lowered the colours of Tontowi Ahmad and Gloria Emanuelle Widjaja, a fresh combination that the Indonesians were forced to form in the absence of the injured Lilyana Natsir.
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PV Sindhu then did her job with elan. Kidambi Srikanth made it 2-0 for India with a 21-15, 21-16 victory against Christie Jonathan.
The men's singles was an anti-climax as Olympic bronze medallist Viktor Axelsen suffered a 21-13, 17-21, 14-21 loss to Anthony Sinisuka Gingting, giving Indonesia a 2-0 lead.
Olympic silver-medallists Kamilla Rytter Juhl and Christinna Pedersen then eked out a 21-18 13-21 21-13 win over Greysia Polii and Apriyani Rahayu to reduce the margin of win to 2-3, paving the way India's entry into the quarterfinals.
Indonesia got their solitary win of the day in their next match through the men's doubles World No. 1 pair of Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo.