India makes history with first Thomas Cup crown

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Members of team India attend the awarding ceremony after the final match between Indonesia and India at Thomas Cup badminton tournament in Bangkok, Thailand, May 15, 2022. (Xinhua/Wang Teng)

India's men's badminton team made history on Sunday, winning Thomas Cup for the first time by sweeping defending champions Indonesia 3-0 in dominant fashion.

India's first singles shuttler Lakshya Sen set the tone for the final with a strong comeback to beat Anthony Sinisuka Ginting in three sets.

India's world's No.8 doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty repeated the pattern in a more dramatic fashion, saving four match points in the second set to beat Mohammad Ahsan and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo 2-1.

Indonesia's dreams of their 15th Thomas Cup title and back-to-back championships were dashed when India's Kidambi Srikanth built on the momentum and closed the match against Jonatan Christie in straight sets, delivering a historic victory for India.

The next Thomas and Uber Cup will be held in Chengdu, China in 2024.

Satwiksairaj Rankireddy (L)/Chirag Shetty of India compete in the doubles match against Mohammad Ahsan/Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo of Indonesia during the final match between Indonesia and India at Thomas Cup badminton tournament in Bangkok, Thailand, May 15, 2022. (Xinhua/Wang Teng)


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