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China Open | Satwik-Chirag duo in last-eight stage

Hard-fought win: Satwiksairaj Rankireddy, right, and Chirag Shetty played their hearts out against Hiroyuki Endo and Yuta Watanabe of Japan.

Hard-fought win: Satwiksairaj Rankireddy, right, and Chirag Shetty played their hearts out against Hiroyuki Endo and Yuta Watanabe of Japan.   | Photo Credit: CHALINEE THIRASUPA

Sai Praneeth, Kashyap and Satwik-Ashwini pair bow out

India’s men’s doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty stunned sixth-seeded Hiroyuki Endo and Yuta Watanabe of Japan to enter the quarterfinals of the China Open here on Thursday.

Satwik and Chirag played their hearts out to win 21-18, 21-23, 21-11 a pulsating second-round contest that lasted an hour and six minutes. They will face Li Jun Hui and Liu Yu Chen of China in the quarterfinals.

They were the lone Indians left in the tournament after P. Kashyap and B. Sai Praneeth in singles and the mixed pair of Satwik and Ashwini Ponappa were ousted in the second round.

Praneeth fought for one hour 24 minutes against fourth seed Anders Antonsen of Denmark, but lost 20-22, 22-20, 21-16.

Earlier, Kashyap, ranked 25 in the world, ran out of steam after a decent start against seventh seed Victor Axelsen and went down 21-13, 21-19 in a match that lasted 43 minutes.

Satwik and Ashwini Ponnappa lost 23-21, 21-16 to the fifth-seeded South Korean combine of Seo Seung Jae and Chae Yujung.

The results (second round):

Men: Anders Antonsen (Den) bt B. Sai Praneeth 20-22, 22-20, 21-16; Victor Axelsen (Den) bt P. Kashyap 21-13, 21-19. Doubles: Satwiksairaj Rankireddy & Chirag Shetty bt Hiroyuki Endo & Yuta Watanabe (Jpn) 21-18, 21-23, 21-11.

Mixed doubles: Seo Seung Jae & Chae Yujung (Kor) bt Satwiksairaj Rankireddy & Ashwini Ponnappa 23-21, 21-16.

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