Malaysia Open: Satwiksairaj Rankirdi vs. Chirag Shetipair advance to men’s doubles quarterfinals, Kidambi Srikanth loses

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India’s Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty continued their strong run to reach the men’s doubles quarter-finals at the Malaysia Open Super 1000 badminton tournament held in Mohali on Thursday, but Kidambi Srikanth was unable to reach the quarter-finals. I couldn’t make it past the second round. World No. 2 Satwik and Chirag, who had a brilliant run 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 He Zhi Ting. and Ren Xiang Yu.

The Indian women’s doubles pair of Ashwini Ponnappa and Tanisha Crust, who won the Guwahati Masters Super 100 title last month, fell 21-19, 13- to the Japanese pair of seventh-seeded Wakana Nagahara and Mayu Matsumoto. They made an impact at 21, 21-15, and were one step away. She is working hard 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.

Earlier, in the 38-minute men’s singles match, world No. 20 Kallon looked in good spirits, but unforced errors and poor line judgment put Srikanth, ranked 24th in the world, on the back foot.

Srikanth got off to a good start, leading 6-1 at one point, but his inconsistency came to the fore once again as Ka Long reeled off six straight points to turn things around.

After two losses to the Indians in their last two games, the Hong Kong players came into this game with renewed confidence and once again scored a six-run burst to take control as Srikanth faltered.

In the second game, Srikanth initially tried to take more initiative and managed to cut through a narrow 11-10 lead with a jumping cross-court smash.

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. Immediately the Hong Kong players gave him a 17-12 lead.

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

Soon, a backhand flick helped Kallon get a smash kill from Srikanth and he fired a shot into the backline, but the Indian couldn’t reach it. Srikanth then sprayed the net to end the suffering.

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