Despite Saina and Sindhu giving India a 2-0 lead, the hosts lost the semi-final 2-3 to Japan at the Siri Fort Sports Complex here on Friday and had to settle for their maiden bronze. They will be awarded the medal at the presentation ceremony on Saturday.

"We were not very sure of how this tournament would go but it has drained them out quite a bit. So I would prefer that they play in Indonesia and Australia," said chief national coach Pullela Gopichand.

The Japanese event will be followed by the USD 750,000 Indonesia Open Super Series Premier in Jakarta from June 17-22 and the USD 750,000 Australian Open Super Series in Sydney from June 24-29.

(Agencies)

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