Badminton: S'pore's run in Sudirman Cup's top tier ends after losing 0-5 to No. 4 Japan

Singapore's first foray into the top tier of the Sudirman Cup came to an end on Monday afternoon after the Republic's badminton players lost 0-5 to Japan.

Men's doubles pair Danny Bawa Chrisnanta and Terry Yeo were the first to take to the court at the Bukit Jalil National Sports Complex in Kuala Lumpur. They lost 7-21, 18-21 to world No. 4s Hiroyuki Endo and Kenichi Hayakawa.

In the women's singles, No. 24 Gu Juan was also no match for No. 10 Minatsu Mitani and was defeated 21-10, 21-19.

Derek Wong managed to stretch Takuma Ueda to three games in the men's singles, but lost 18-21, 21-13, 15-21.

Yao Lei and Shinta Mulia Sari were outgunned 21-9, 21-15 by Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi in the women's doubles.

In the mixed doubles, world No. 14s Vanessa Neo and Chrisnanta took the first game, but allowed their 87th-ranked opponents Hirokatsu Hashimoto and Miyuki Maeda to steal the match 21-16, 12-21, 19-21.

Singapore, ranked 14th in the world, had on Sunday lost 1-4 to world No. 2 Denmark.

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