Malaysia Open: Satwik vs. Sirag in the semi-finals.Ashwini-Tanisha loses | Sports News

KUALA LUMPUR: India’s star shuttlers Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty defeated China’s Ren Xiang Yu and He Zhi Ting in straight games at the Malaysia Open Super 1000 tournament here on Friday. They were humiliated and advanced to the semifinals for the second consecutive year.

The world No. 2 Indians, who won the gold medal at last year’s Asian Games, appeared to be in control during the rally and were active at the net, giving up Yu and Ting, who are No. 32 in the world. They won an overwhelming victory 21-11, 21-8. In just 35 minutes.

However, Ashwini Ponnappa and Tanisha Crust lost to Japan’s Rin Iwanaga and Kie Nakanishi in the women’s doubles quarterfinals.

The 24th-ranked Indian, who made headlines Thursday with an impressive win over former world No. 1 and two-time world champions Mayu Matsumoto and Wakana Nagahara, will be looking to repeat the same performance against the combination of Iwanaga and Nakanishi. They couldn’t hold on and lost 15-21. , 13-21 in 39 minutes of play.

It was the Indian pair’s second defeat against the world No. 15 Japanese pair, who lost narrowly in the final of the Syed Modi International Super 300 in Lucknow last month.

Besides winning the Guwahati Masters Super 100, Ashwini and Tanisha also reached the finals of two more events in Lucknow and Odisha last month.

Satwick and Chirag, who had a sensational season in 2023 with six titles, produced a near-perfect match with light exchanges. He gave the rally pace and mixed it well to make it one-sided.

While Satwik and Chirag put on a masterclass in completely dominating the first match, the Chinese pair looked clueless.

The Indians quickly went up 7-0. Satwick and Chirag led 11-2 at halftime and quickly ended the first game.

The Indians maintained their momentum after the end change and led 11-4 at the interval.

Sirag’s return gave the Indians 12 match points, which they converted on their second chance.

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