Men's team beat Malaysia 3-2 to enter the semifinals; guaranteed of bronze
India is thus assured of at least a bronze at the Thomas Cup. The country has not won a medal at the event since 1979.
The combo of Shruti Mishra and Simran Singhi was no match to world number two pair of Lee Sohee and Shin Seungchan, going down 13-21 12-21 in 39 minutes.
PV Sindhu once again lead the proceedings with a 21-10 21-11 win over Jennie Gai.
World Championships bronze medallist Lakshya Sen started the proceeding with an easy 21-16 21-13 win over world no 64 Max Weisskirchen.
No Indian men's team has ever won a medal in the Thomas Cup, having failed to reach the semifinal even once.
Sindhu said that even after going to the Olympics it was hard because players were being tested every day.
The total quota for badminton remains 172 places (86 men and 86 women), which includes two host country places and four universality places in addition to the regular quota places of 166.
Indian star was penalised by referee for taking too long to serve; Sindhu says Yamaguchi also took time and calls it 'unfair' .
PV Sindhu beats Chinese Bingjiao in thriller to reach last four of Badminton Asian Championship.
Sindhu has a 7-9 head-to-head record against Bing Jiao, whom she has beaten twice in the last two meetings.
Saina, who has been on a comeback trial after recovering from some nagging injuries, eked out a 21-15 17-21 21-13 win over Sim Yujin of South Korea.
Satwik and Chirag will next lock horns with Japan's Akiro Koga and Taichi Saito in the second round.
The prestigious event will, however, lose a bit of sheen with the withdrawal of an injured HS Prannoy, who had claimed a bronze at the 2018 Wuhan edition and is in good form.
Shivani Naik sits on the fence and ponders about the second CWG women's singles medal, assuming PV Sindhu nets gold.
Twenty-year-old, picked for the Thomas Cup and Asian Games, has learnt to control his aggression and play smarter; is a product of the Gopichand Academy
Boe, a London Olympics silver-medallist and former world No. 1 doubles player, had trained the Indian doubles players, including Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty, ahead of the Tokyo Olympics.
BAI has exempted players inside the top 15 in the BWF rankings from the trials but said shuttlers ranked between 16 to 50 in the latest world rankings, released on March 29, will have to participate in the trials.
A semifinal finish at 2021 Orleans Masters Super 100 and quarterfinals at Barcelona Spain Masters Super 300 and Malaysia Masters in 2020 have been Saina's highlights in recent years.
Indian succumbs to Korean 20-year-old's fast hands and lightning court coverage; head to head record now 4-0 in favour of Se Young
Former world champion Sindhu, who came into the tournament after claiming the Swiss Open, suffered her fourth successive defeat to 20-year-old An Seyoung, losing 14-21 17-21 in 48 minutes.
The Indian No. 7's combative attitude in beating down Busanan can come in handy against ASY who has a good compact read on the predictable Indian when she's cornered.
Third seed Sindhu, a two-time Olympic medallist, notched up her 17th win over familiar foe Thailand's Busanan Ongbamrungphan 21-10 21-16 in the women's singles quarterfinals.
World number seven Sindhu, a two-time Olympic medallist, got the better of world number 26 Ohori 21-15 21-10 in a lop-sided contest to take her head-to-head count against the Japanese to an overwhelming 12-0 in 13 meetings.
PV Sindhu, a two-time Olympic medallist, trounced USA's Lauren Lam 21-15 21-14, while Srikanth saw off Malaysia's world no 35 Daren Liew 22-20 21-11 at the Palma Stadium.