India at the 2011 Sudirman Cup

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The Indian national badminton team competed in the 2011 Sudirman Cup held in Qingdao, China from 22 to 29 May 2011. It was the twelfth edition of the Sudirman Cup, the world mixed team badminton championship which takes place every two years. In this edition, 32 national badminton teams participated, and for the first time twelve teams competed in the elite group to battle for the title.[1]

The Indian team qualified for the elite group of the first time since the tournament started in 1989 and reached the quarterfinals, where it lost to seven times champion the Chinese team.[2][3]


Sudirman Cup World Mixed Team Badminton Championship is an international badminton tournament for mixed teams, consist of both male and female players. It held every two years and is named after Dick Sudirman, a former Indonesian badminton player and the founder of the Badminton Association of Indonesia.[4][5]

2011 Sudirman Cup, officially known as Double Star 2011 Sudirman Cup BWF World Team Championships (for sponsorship reasons) was hosted by the Qingdao city of China. Qingdao was awarded the host right in 2009.[6] Tournament was organised in the 12,500 sitting capacity Qingdao Sports Center Stadium.[7]

Key Description
Order Refers to the order in which match was played.
Event XD – Mixed Doubles
MS – Men's Singles
MD – Men's Doubles
WS – Women's Singles
WD – Women's Doubles
Duration The total time spent in the match in [hh]:[mm] format.


A woman in yellowish-orange saree, cut-sleeves blouse, open hair and smiling face
Jwala Gutta paired with Ashwini Ponnappa and represented Indian team in women's doubles.

In Sudirman Cup, till 2009 for a team to qualify in the elite group (group 1), a group of those eligible eight teams that compete for the cup, team had to be promoted in this group and this promotion was decided on the basis of final standings of the last revision of the championships. In 2009 Sudirman Cup, India played in the group 3 and after beating three teams—Australia, Ukraine and Scotland—in group matches, and Bulgaria in play-offs, India topped its group and finished at the seventeenth spot in final standings of the tournament and promoted for the group 2 of the next championships (2011).[8] In May 2009, Badminton World Federation changed the format of the tournament, according to which in spite of eight, top 12 teams would make an elite group, and that would be decided on the basis of their rankings, based on the aggregated points from the best players of the teams in the world rankings.[9][10]

This changed format of the tournament gave India a chance to compete in the elite group, as aggregate sum of the Indian players world rankings points facilitated Indian team a tenth spot in seedings.[11]

Format World Ranking Points
Men's Singles 20 37675
Women's Singles 5 63091
Men's Doubles 22 32381
Women's Doubles 18 33254
Mixed Doubles 20 34850
Team 10 201251


Indian team consisted of thirteen members and team was accompanied by national coach Pullela Gopichand, former Indian badminton player Bhaskar Babu and OD Sharma as the chef-de-mission cum Manager.[2]

Player Event Status
Parupalli Kashyap MS Main player
Arvind Bhat MS Back up
Saina Nehwal WS Main Player
Aditi Mutatkar WS Back up
Sanave Thomas MD Main player
Rupesh Kumar MD Main player
Arun Vishnu MD, XD Back up in both MD and XD
Akshay Dewalkar MD Back up
Jwala Gutta WD Main player
Ashwini Ponappa WD Main player
Pranav Chopra XD Main player
Prajakta Sawant XD Main player
Aparna Balan XD Back up


Group matches[edit]

India placed in a sub-group 1C of group 1 (elite group). India lost its first match against Chinese Taipei with a points difference of 3–2.[12] In second match, Indian team overpassed Thailand with 3–2 points difference.[13]

Qualified for quarterfinals
Team Pts Pld W L MF MA
 Chinese Taipei 2 2 2 0 6 4
 India 1 2 1 1 5 5
 Thailand 0 2 0 2 4 6
Chinese Taipei (TPE)Chinese TaipeiIndia India (IND): 3–2
Order Event Chinese Taipei (TPE) India (IND) Game 1 Game 2 Game 3 Duration
1 XD Lee Sheng-Mu
Chien Yu-Chin
Aparna Balan
Arun Vishnu
21–17 21–10 0:26
2 MS Hsueh Hsuan-Yi Parupalli Kashyap 16–21 13–21 0:33
3 MD Lee Sheng-Mu
Fang Chieh-Min
Rupesh Kumar
Sanave Thomas
21–15 21–18 0:30
4 WS Tai Tzu-Ying Saina Nehwal 10–21 21–12 17–21 0:46
5 WD Cheng Wen-Hsing
Chien Yu-Chin
Jwala Gutta
Ashwini Ponnappa
21–15 21–17 0:23
Thailand (THA)ThailandIndia India (IND): 2–3
Order Event Chinese Taipei (TPE) India (IND) Game 1 Game 2 Game 3 Duration
1 MD Bodin Issara
Maneepong Jongjit
Sanave Thomas
Rupesh Kumar
13–21 17–21 0:30
2 WS Ratchanok Inthanon Saina Nehwal 21–14 22–20 0:36
3 MS Boonsak Ponsana Parupalli Kashyap 21–12 18–21 16–21 1:01
4 WD Duanganong Aroonkesorn
Kunchala Voravichitchaikul
Jwala Gutta
Ashwini Ponnappa
18–21 21–15 19–21 0:49
5 XD Sudket Prapakamol
Saralee Thoungthongkam
Prajakta Sawant
Pranav Chopra
21–18 21–7 0:27


India reached the quarterfinals after Chinese Taipei defeated Thailand 3–2 in the last sub-group C tie. Chinese Taipei had won both their ties in the three-nation group while India edged past Thailand to clinched its solitary win in the group stage. Thailand's defeat sealed the quarterfinal place for India for the first time since the inception of the Sudirman Cup in 1989.[3]

In quarterfinals, India faced the seven time champions China.[14] India lost to China with a point difference of 1–3. The only match won by India was of world number four Saina Nehwal's singles match against the world number three Wang Xin.[15]

China (CHN) ChinaIndia India (IND): 3–1
Order Event China (CHN) India (IND) Game 1 Game 2 Game 3 Duration
1 MD Cai Yun
Fu Haifeng
Sanave Thomas
Rupesh Kumar
21–15 21–14 0:29
2 WS Wang Xin Saina Nehwal 15–21 11–21 0:33
3 MS Lin Dan Parupalli Kashyap 21–14 21–14 0:33
4 WD Wang Xiaoli
Yu Yang
Jwala Gutta
Ashwini Ponnappa
21–8 21–13 0 0:33
5 XD Xu Chen
Ma Jin
Pranav Chopra
Prajakta Sawant
Not Played


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