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November 21, 2019
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Thailand Open: How Indian shuttlers fared today?

Indian shuttlers had a mixed day at Thailand Open on Wednesday. Sourabh Verma bowed out fighting against seventh seed Kanta Tsuneyama. Another Indian shuttler Subhankar Dey benefitted from a walkover from Kento Momota.

On the other hand, mixed doubles duo, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy-Ashwini Ponnappa pulled off their career-best win. They stunned Olympic silver medalists Chan Peng Soon and Goh Liu Ying in their first-round tie. Although unseeded, the Indian pair gave a tough fight playing for one hour and two minutes to coast past the fifth-seeded Malaysian pair 21-18, 18-21, 21-17 on Wednesday. In the second round, Ponnappa and Rankireddy will face Indonesia’s Alfian Eko Prasetya and Marsheilla Gischa Islami.

File photo of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy-Ashwini Ponnappa (Picture credits: Free Press Journal)

India’s ace shuttler PV Sindhu had already backed out to prepare for the World Championship, while Saina Nehwal returns from injury in the tournament.

Image: Sportsmatik

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