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Satwiksairaj Rankireddy- Chirag Shetty through to Pre-quarters; Saina Nehwal bows

Last updated: November 03, 2022, 00:41 IST

Satwiksairaj Rankireddy, Chirag Shetty (IANS)

Satwiksairaj Rankireddy, Chirag Shetty (IANS)

The Satwik-Chirag duo, who won the French Open last week, recovered after falling behind in the first match, beating Chinese Taipei pair Yang Lee and Chen Lu 19-21, 21-19, 21-16 in 61 minutes

India’s Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty advanced to the men’s doubles for the quarter-finals at the Hylo Open 2022 BWF Super 300 tournament after beating Yang Lee and Chen Lu of Chinese Taipei in the round of 32 on Wednesday.

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The Satwik-Chirag pair, who won the French Open last week, recovered after falling behind in the first match, beating the Chinese Taipei pair 19-21, 21-19, 21-16 in 61 minutes.

Lee, the men’s doubles gold medalist at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, was paired with Chen Lu in place of his usual partner Chi-Lin Wang.

After a close start in their first game, the Chinese Taipei pair managed to score seven runs in a row and put Satwik-Chirag on the back foot. The Indian pair made a comeback, but Yang Lee and Chen Lu held out and won the opening match.

In a competitive second game, points were exchanged between the two pairs in quick succession. But Satwik and Chirag held their nerves in the closing moments to force a decider.

The Indian badminton duo stepped up in the final match and completed the comeback to advance to the round of 16, where they face England’s Rory Easton and Zach Russ.

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