The Indian men’s doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty crashed out of the China Open badminton tournament in Changzhou today. The duo suffered a straight-game loss to Japan’s Takeshi Kamura and Keigo Sonoda.
Satwik and Chirag, ranked 15th in the world, ran out of steam after a decent start against their fourth-seeded opponents. The pair went down 19-21 8-21 in the second-round match that lasted 33 minutes.
Later in the day, the mixed doubles pair of Satwik and Ashwini Ponanappa will take on Japan’s Yuki Kaneko and Misaki Matsutomo. The Indian pair stunned Indonesia’s world No. 7 combination of Praveen Jordan and Melati Daeva Oktavianti in the opening round.
In the singles events, fifth seed PV Sindhu, Parupalli Kashyap and B Sai Praneeth will also be in action.