Group 1D: India convincingly defy Indonesia
The first Group 1 upset happened when India triumphed 4-1 in the tie over Indonesia.
Rio Olympic gold medallist Tontowi Ahmad in a two tournaments old temporary partnership with Gloria Emanuelle Widjaja fell to a pair with only one competitive international match under their belt, Ashwini Ponnappa / Satwicksairaj Rankireddy. Interestingly, this scratch Indian pairing played with more flow and sense of plan to give their country a positive headstart, 22-20, 17-21, 21-19.
Former world #3 Srikanth Kidambi followed the trend in men's singles, taking down Jonatan Christie 21-15, 21-16, with a barrage of unbelievably close to the line smashes from multiple angles.
Men's doubles belonged to Indonesia when world #1s Marcus Fernaldi Gideon / Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo sped up shuttles beyond the comfort zone of Satwicksairaj Rankireddy / Chirag Shetty, 21-9, 21-17. Rankireddy saved the first match point in a crowd pleasing consecutive straight smashing battle with only Sukamuljo defending high and refusing to back off until the shuttle clipped his racquet frame.
Diminutive Indonesian Fitriani almost leveled up on a first game deficit with PV Sindhu but the latter forced one too many frame errors from her to take matters, 21-8, 21-19.
Buoyed by the confidence of her victory in the opener, Ponnappa returned for the fifth match hitting crisp and heftier than earlier and infected her partner N Sikki Reddy with the same enthusiasm. India overturned the expectations of a world rankings difference of 13 places to win the women's doubles too, 21-12, 21-19.
Group 2B: Australia clean sweep Austria
Australia went one better than its previous tie score, this time fielding Ashwant Gobinathan in men's singles and keeping the rest of the line up the same as played the USA. All matches were won straight through and the most points any of the host's opponents earned in a single game was 13.
Gobinathan adjusted to court conditions immediately and stayed totally in command throughout his encounter with Vilson Vattanirappel to conclude it 21-11, 21-10. The Austrian was especially vulnerable to the cross smashes and his reactions slowed down whenever a rally lengthened.