Satwiksairaj Rankireddy-Chirag Shetty crash out of China Open

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Changzhou: The Indian doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty crashed out of the China Open badminton tournament here on Thursday.

The Indian pair suffered a straight-game loss to Japan’s Takeshi Kamura and Keigo Sonoda as they went down 19-21 8-21 in the second-round match that lasted 33 minutes.

This is the second time Satvik and Chirag have lost to the combination of Kamura and Sonoda this year. They had lost to the world no.4 pair at the Japan Open in July.

Later on Thursday, the mixed doubles pair of Satwik and Ashwini Ponanappa, who stunned Indonesia’s world no.7 combination of Praveen Jordan and Melati Daeva Oktavianti in the opening round, will take on Japan’s Yuki Kaneko and Misaki Matsutomo.

In the singles events, fifth seed PV Sindhu, Parupalli Kashyap, and B Sai Praneeth will also be in action.

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