Sudirman Cup 2019: Updated Points, Standings and Schedule After Tuesday

Rory Marsden@@roomarsdenFeatured ColumnistMay 21, 2019

Malaysia's Chow Mei Kuan (R) and Lee Meng Yean return to India's Ashwini Ponnappa and N.Sikki Reddy during their men's doubles match of the 2019 Sudirman Cup world badminton championships in Nanning in China's southern Guangxi region on May 21, 2019. (Photo by WANG ZHAO / AFP)        (Photo credit should read WANG ZHAO/AFP/Getty Images)
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It was a tense morning session at the 2019 Sudirman Cup on Wednesday as four of the five matches finished 3-2. 

In Group 1D in Nanning, China, Malaysia edged India to move second in the standings and bounce back from a 5-0 mauling at the hands of China on Sunday. The United States lost their third match from three in Group 2A as they were beaten by Vietnam.

In Group 3A, Australia downed Nepal, but they were prevented from going top of the pool as Ireland beat New Zealand. Meanwhile, in Group 4, Kazakhstan claimed a comfortable 4-1 win over Greenland.

In the afternoon the trend of tight contests continued initially and in Group 1A, Thailand were able to beat Russia 3-2, meaning the Europeans' chances of challenging for the title are over.

Here are the full results from the day's play, along with the fixtures to come on Wednesday:

   

Tuesday Results                           

India 2-3 Malaysia 

USA 2-3 Vietnam 

Australia 3-2 Nepal

Kazakhstan 4-1 Greenland

Ireland 3-2 New Zealand 

Thailand 3-2 Russia 

Netherlands 2-3 France

Sri Lanka 5-0 Lithuania 

Switzerland 5-0 Slovakia

Full results and standings can be found on the tournament's official website.                  

                      

Wednesday Schedule

Morning Session (11 a.m. local, 4 a.m. BST, 11 p.m. ET Monday)

China vs. India

Chinese Taipei vs. South Korea 

Germany vs. Canada

Singapore vs. Israel 

Ireland vs. Australia 

Afternoon Session (6 p.m. local, 11 a.m. BST, 6 a.m. ET)

Indonesia vs. Denmark 

Japan vs. Thailand

Switzerland vs. Sri Lanka

Slovakia vs. Lithuania

New Zealand vs. Nepal 

               

Tuesday Recap

India's match with Malaysia was always likely to be a tight encounter given they are the eighth and ninth seeds, respectively, at this year's tournament.

It was also an effective elimination match to see who would go through to the knockouts with second seeds China in the group.

India started well as they took the lead after victory in the mixed doubles. In a thrilling encounter lasting 70 minutes, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Ashwini Ponnappa edged SJ Lai and SH Goh 16-21, 21-17, 24-22.

Malaysia bounced back immediately through world No. 20 Lee Zii Jia, who beat No. 13 ranked Sameer Verma 21-13, 21-15 in the men's singles.

NANNING, CHINA - MAY 21:  Pusarla V. Sindhu of India competes in the Women's Single match against Goh Jin Wei of Malaysia during day three of the Sudirman Cup at Guangxi Sports Center on May 21, 2019 in Nanning, China.  (Photo by Shi Tang/Getty Images)
Shi Tang/Getty Images

A masterclass from PV Sindhu, though, put India 2-1 ahead as she beat Goh Jin Wei 21-12, 21-8 in just 35 minutes in the women's singles.

Then an incredibly tight men's doubles victory for Malaysia set up a deciding rubber.

B Sumeeth Reddy and Manu Attri saved five match points against Aaron Chia and Teo Ee Yi, but they eventually went down 22-20, 21-19.

It meant the match all rested on the women's doubles clash between Indian pair N Sikki Reddy and Ponnappa, and Malaysian duo Lee Meng Yean and Chow Mei Kuan.

Another close encounter went the way of Malaysia as they sealed a 21-11, 21-19 victory:

India now face a must-win fixture against China on Wednesday. 

In the afternoon, the pressure was on Russia as they sought to keep their hopes of progression alive. However, for the second consecutive match they were narrow losers, with Thailand coming out on top.

After the first four rubbers were shared by the two nations, the match was eventually decided by the mixed doubles clash; Dechapol Puavaranukroh and Sapsiree Taerattanachai excelled in it, winning 21-10, 21-11.

BWF provided highlights of the tense game:

Despite their losses, the Badminton Talk Twitter account praised the displays turned in by the Russia team:

In Group 2A, France continued their excellent start to the competition, making it three wins in succession with victory over the Netherlands. They are now secure in the 13th-place playoff.

The two matches in the third tier later in the day were not competitive, as Sri Lanka and Switzerland both whitewashed Lithuania and Slovakia, respectively.

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