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19 Sep, 2018
The Outstanding Indian Mixed Doubles
pair of Ashwini Ponnappa and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy has always been one of the
most promising shuttlers for the nation. The duo started off their campaign at
the China Open after beating the world no 12 Marcus Ellis and Lauren Smith's
pair in the inaugural round of the tournament.
The Indian shuttlers foiled their
nemesis with a three-game match with a 21-13, 20-22, and 21-17 scoreline in 90
Since the genesis of the match, the
Indian was extremely good at the court. The Mixed Doubles pair has an
experienced shuttler Ashwini who is terrific at the net play and a great
defensive player. On the other hand, along wtih the young and dynamic
Satwiksairaj who is brilliant when it comes to playing in the backcourt with
his powerful smashes. His big personality helps him to keep up with the
excellent work. Satwik played multiple jump smashes in the opening game and won
However, the British pair was great at
the second game where they snatched the lead from the Indian pair and were
firmed at 11-6 before the break. Despite the good performance from the Indian
pair, the British duo leveled up their game and managed to get four more points
in the second game. The pair of Satwik-Ashwini also climbed up and the score
was leveled again at 20-20. But Ellis and Smith got two more points and won the
game that takes both the pairs to hustle at the decider match.
In the decider game, the Indian Pair
managed to bring back their sparkle that was missing during the first half of
the second game and were on a good lead over their nemesis pair and
effortlessly won the decider game of the match.
Although they played well and won the
match, the Indian pair has to bite the bullet in the second round against the
World No 1 pair of China; Zheng Siwei and Huang Yaqiong. The Chinese Pair also
thwarted their Malaysian opponents in their inaugural match. The Malaysian
Mixed Doubles pair of Chan Peng Soon and Goh Liu Ying lost the match by 18-21,
The brilliant Indian players, Satwik
and Ashwini were also involved in their respective categories of Men's and
Women's Doubles; however, the pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chiraj Shetty
lost in the inaugural match to the Malaysian duo of Goh V Shem and Tan Wee
Kiong with 19-21, 20-21.
The pair of Ashwini Ponnappa and N
Sikki Reddy also lost to the South Korean duo by 10-21, 18-21 in the initial
round of the Women's Doubles.
In the Men's Singles, Srikanth Kidambi
won the opening match by defeating Denmark's Rasmus Gemke with 21-9, 21-19. On
the other hand, HS Prannoy lost the match to Hong Kong's Ng Ka Long Angus by
In the Women's Singles, Saina Nehwal
lost after a tough fight against Sung Ji-Hyun of South Korea with 20-22, 21-8,
21-14. On the other hand, PV Sindhu won the first round as she thwarted Saena
Kawakami of Japan by 21-15, 21-13. In the second round, she will hustle against
Thailand's Busanan ONGBAMRUNGPHAN.