P.V. Sindhu’s win was the only bright spot on a dismal day as India suffered a 1-4 loss to Denmark in their opening match of the Sudirman Cup mixed team championship.
Up against two-time runners-up Denmark, India came a cropper after they lost the first three ties – mixed doubles, men’s singles and men’s double – to go down 0-3 in the five- match rubber.
A lot was expected from World No.13 Ajay Jayaram after his recent success against Viktor Axelsen at the Malaysia Open but the Mumbai shuttler capitulated 12-21 7-21 in just 27 minutes as India slipped to 0-2.
After 33 minutes, it was the Danish pair which emerged victorious 21-17 21-15.
Olympic silver-medallist P V Sindhu then saved India some embarrassment with a 21-18 21-6 win over Line Kjaersfeldt in a 32-minute women’s singles match.
India will next face former champions Indonesia on May 24, 2017..