India loses to Germany

Updated: 25 February 2007 08:27 IST

India's place in the finals in China is hanging in the balance after they lost 0-3 to Germany in the Thomas Cup qualifying semi-final.

Eindhoven:

India's place in the finals in China is hanging in the balance after it lost 0-3 to Germany in the Thomas Cup qualifying semi-final here. India had upset England on Friday night, but looked wary against the Germans yesterday and was never in the hunt. Bjorn Joppien had no trouble dismissing Abhinn Shyam Gupta 7-2, 7-0, 7-2 and Oliver Pongratz put his team 2-0 up with a 7-1, 7-0, 7-2 win over Chetan Anand. That left Kristof Hopp and Thomas Tesche with the task of wrapping up victory for Germany, and the doubles duo duly obliged by beating Thomas Sanave and V Diju 7-3, 7-2, 4-7, 7-1. The Indians now face a third-place playoff against Sweden today for a ticket to Guangzhou. Meanwhile, top seeds Denmark and Germany booked their places in the finals of the Thomas Cup, with both teams comfortably winning their qualifying semi-final matches. (PTI)

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