Satwiksairaj-Chirag Enter Quarters; Kashyap, Praneeth Crash Out

Fuzhou (China): India’s males’s doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty on Thursday surprised sixth seed Hiroyuki Endo and Yuta Watanabe of Japan to enter the quarterfinals of the China Open right here.

Rankireddy and Shetty performed their hearts out to get the higher of their Japanese opponents 21-18 21-23 21-11 in a pulsating second spherical contest that lasted an hour and 6 minutes.

For Rankireddy and Shetty, who had reached the French Open closing final month, the most recent win is their second straight over Endo and Watanabe. The Indians had defeated the Japanese duo in straight video games in Paris final month.

Rankireddy and Shetty will face Li Jun Hui and Liu Yu Chen of China within the quarterfinals on Friday.

Rankireddy and Shetty have been the lone Indians left within the match after the others chunk the mud on Thursday.

Parupalli Kashyap and B Sai Praneeth have been each ousted within the second spherical of the boys’s singles occasion.

World No. 11 Praneeth fought onerous for one hour 24 minutes in opposition to fourth seed Anders Antonsen of Denmark earlier than taking place 20-22 22-20 21-16.

Kashyap, ranked 25 on the earth, ran out of steam after a good begin in opposition to seventh seed Victor Axelsen and went down 13-21 19-21 in a match that lasted 43 minutes. Praneeth’s loss marked the top of India’s marketing campaign within the singles.

That is the second time Kashyap had misplaced to Axelsen this 12 months. The previous Commonwealth Video games champion, who reached the semifinals of India Open and Korea Open earlier this 12 months, had misplaced to the world quantity six on the India Open in March.

It was additionally the top of the street for the combined doubles pair of Rankireddy and Ashwini Ponnappa. The unseeded Indian duo misplaced 21-23 16-21 to fifth seeds Web optimization Seung Jae and Chae Yujung of South Korea.

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