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Satwik-Chirag lose to world No.1 Indonesian pair

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July 26, 2021 11:48 IST
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India's Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy

IMAGE: India's Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy suffered their first defeat in two matches at the Tokyo Games badminton doubles event, going down to the world No. 1 Indonesian pair of Marcus Gideon Fernaldi and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo, on Monday. Photograph: Leonhard Foeger /Reuters

India's men's doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty suffered a straight games defeat to the world No. 1 Indonesian pair of Marcus Gideon Fernaldi and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo in their second Group A match at the Tokyo Olympics on Monday.


The world No. 10-ranked Indian duo could not get into any kind of rhythm and lost 13-21, 12-21 to the top seeded team in 32 minutes.

It was their ninth defeat to the Indonesian pair in as many meetings.

Sukamuljo and Gideon are now at the top of the group, while Satwik and Chirag are second.

The Indians will look to beat England's Ben Lane and Sean Vendy, who also lost to the famed Indonesians.

The world No. 3 Chinese Taipei pair of Lee Yang and Wang Chi-Lin, the fourth team in Group A, also notched up a win against the English duo earlier in the day to stay in contention.

The match started with short rallies with both the parties moving neck and neck till 6-6. The Indonesians then reeled off five straight points to enter the break with four advantage points.

Sukamuljo was simply sensational in front of the court, using his high racquet speed to perfection.

At 9-13, Chirag took a medical time-out after he seemed to have hurt his toe.

After the resumption, the Indonesian pair continued to dominate the proceedings and grabbed eight game points and converted in the second attempt to take a 1-0 lead.

The Indians seemed to have worked out a strategy early in the second game to lead 6-3, but the Indonesian combo turned it around soon to lead 9-7 with four straight points, riding on a series of superb serves.

Sukamuljo and Gideon entered the break with a three-point lead after the former sent the shuttle to Satwik's body. The duo forced the Indians into committing errors and move to 15-10.

It was one-way traffic mostly as the Indonesian duo stepped up the intensity to move to 18-10.

A net error gave Indonesia eight match-points and they sealed it when Chirag went to the net.

Satwik and Chirag shocked the world number three pair of Yang Lee and Chi-Lin Wang of Chinese Taipei in their opening match in Group A on Saturday.

Olympic silver medallist P V Sindhu also made a winning start to her women's singles campaign, with a straight game victory over Israel's Ksenia Polikarpova on Sunday.

However, B Sai Praneeth had lost his opening match to Misha Zilberman of Israel in the men's singles.

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