The day 2 of the 2018 Asian Games was no different for India as the women badminton team bowed out of the team competiton . India lost 1-3 to Japan on Monday with only singles competoion to look forwrd to.
In the four games played between both the teams only P.V. Sindhu was able to bring home a point after she defeated her nemesis Akane Yamaguchi 21-18, 21-19.
But India’s decision to not field their premier doubles team costed the team the match and medal. The team decided to split its doubles pair of Ashwini Ponappa and Sikki Reddy and field two new .
Sikki Reddy was teamed up with Arathi Sara but the pair went down in straight games to Yuki Fukushima and Sayaka Hiroto. Saina Nehwal who faced Nozomi Okuhara, put up a fighting performance, but in the deciding set younger Japanese prevailed and went onto win 21-11, 23-25, 21-16. Teaming Ashwini Ponappa and Sindhu did not yield dividends as the pair lost to Misaki Matsumoto and Ayaka Takahashi bringign down curtains to India’s campaign