Satwiksairaj Rankireddy-Chirag Shetty Sail Into 2nd Round Of Thailand Open


File photo of Indian shuttlers Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty.© AFP

The star Indian pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty entered the men's doubles pre-quarterfinals of the Thailand Open badminton tournament with a straight games win over Malaysian pair of Noor Mohd Azrin Ayub Azrin and Tan Wei Kiong here on Wednesday. The top-seeded Indian pair took just 34 minutes to defeat the Malaysian pair 21-13, 21-13 in the opening round match. Satwik and Chirag will play the Chinese pair of Zi Hao Nan and Zeng Wei Han in the next round.

Ashmita Chaliha entered the second round of the women's singles competition after defeating Indonesia's Ester Nurumi Tri Wardoyo 19-21, 21-15, 21-14 after a tough fight in the opening round.

But a tough fight awaits Ashmita in the second round as she will face top seed Han Yu of China.

Yu registered a comfortable 21-11, 21-10 win over another Indian in Malvika Bansode.

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