Malaysia Open: Satwik, Chirag in quarterfinals.Srikanth crashes out | Sports News

KUALA LUMPUR: India’s Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty continued their good run to reach the men’s doubles quarter-finals at the Malaysia Open Super 1000 badminton tournament here on Thursday, but Kidambi Srikanth could not make it past the second round.

World No. 2 Satwik and Chirag, who had a brilliant record in 2023 with six titles, defeated France’s World No. 36 Lucas Corvey and Ronan Labar 21-11, 21-18 to become China’s World No. 32. A match was set up with Hye Ji. Ting Xiangyu and Ren Xiangyu.

Indian women’s doubles pair Ashwini Ponnappa and Tanisha Krust, who won the Guwahati Masters Super 100 title last month, beat Japan’s seventh-seeded pair Wakana Nagahara and Mayu Matsumoto 21-19, 13- They made an impact at 21, 21-15, and were one step away. Their efforts to qualify for the Paris Olympics.

However, Srikanth could not contain his mistakes and lost to Hong Kong’s Ng Karon Angus in the second round 13-21, 17-21.

Asian Games gold medalists Satwik and Chirag played an aggressive game and took an 11-2 lead at halftime of the first game. A seven-point outburst after the restart gave the French pair hope, making it 12-14.

However, the Indian duo soon found a way to collect the remaining seven points with quick attacks and escape in the opener.

But the Indians may not have been ready for what happened next, as Colvey and LaVar were firing on all cylinders, taking an 11-4 cushion at the interval.

However, after 4 wins and 11 losses, Satwik and Chirag made it 16-16, once again Chirag and Satwik showed a remarkable recovery.

The long runs of the French army gave the Indian army an advantage. Rubber continued to attack for an inferior return. Sirag’s deception and subsequent flat exchange gave India his three match points. They wasted one point before LaVar served into the net.

Before, Srikanth, ranked 24th in the world, was at a disadvantage due to unforced errors and poor line judgment, losing to Karon, ranked 20th in the world, 13-21, 17-21 in 38 minutes.

Srikanth got off to a good start, leading 6-1 at one point, but the inconsistency in his play came to the fore once again as Ka Long turned the tables with six straight points.

Coming into this game after two losses to the Indians in the last two games, Karon regained his confidence and took control with another six-run burst as Srikanth crumbled.

In the second game, Srikanth managed to grab a jumping cross-court smash to grab an 11-10 lead.

However, Ka Long, who has a good record against Indian players, quickly turned the tide and took a 14-12 lead as Srikanth missed his shot during a rally and was unable to recover.

The Indian tried to extend the rally, but Caron continued to retrieve relentlessly, showing exquisite touch. He quickly led 17-12.

The Indians quickly gathered points with Caron making a series of unforced errors and narrowed the gap to 16-18.

A backhand flick soon came to the rescue of Kallon, who snatched a smash kill from Srikanth and sent one into the backline, but the Indian could not reach it. Srikanth then sprayed the net to end the suffering.

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