New Delhi: After advancing to the quarterfinals of the Sudirman Cup badminton tournament, India on Wednesday created history when Chinese Taipei defeated Thailand 3-2 in the last group C tie of the mixed team competition in Qingdao, China.

India lost their opener against Chinese Taipei 2-3 but bounced back in the second group C match yesterday, beating Thailand 3-2 but their fate still depended on the result of the match between Chinese Taipei and Thailand.

But Thailand's defeat on Wednesday paved the way for India to enter the knockout stage of the prestigious tournament for the first time since its inception in 1989.

"We are very happy. It is a great effort by the entire team and a momentus occasion for us. I will give our best in the quarterfinals," P Kashyap, who engineered India's dramatic turnaround against Thailand yesterday by beating world number six Boonsak Ponsana, said.

The draw for the knockout stage of the competition shall be done immediately after the last match of the group playoff. India play their knockout match on Thursday.

Chinese taipei rode on their strength in doubles section as they swept all the three -- men's, women's and mixed -- events to notch up their second victory and top group C of level 1.

Hung Ling Chen and Wen Hsing Cheng gave Chinese Taipei a head start by beating Maneepong Jongjit and Savitree Amitrapai 21-9 21-10 in the mixed doubles category.

Agencies