Thailand Open: Rankireddy-Shetty enter semifinals, Sai Praneeth crashes out

first_imgThailand Open: Rankireddy-Shetty enter semifinals, Sai Praneeth crashes outIndia’s top-ranked men’s doubles pairing of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty made the semi-finals after beating South Korea’s Choi Solgyu and Seo Seung Jae in 3 games on Friday.advertisement Next Press Trust of India BangkokAugust 2, 2019UPDATED: August 2, 2019 19:30 IST Satwiksairaj Rankireddy, Chirag Shetty reached Thailand Open semi-finals. (Photo Credit: Twitter Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSatwik and Chirag reached the semi-final after a thrilling quarter-final winSai Praneeth, who reached the semifinals of last week’s Japan Open, surrendered 18-21 12-21 in the men’s singles quarterfinalsRankireddy and Ponnappa were no match for third seeds Yuta Watanabe and Arisa Higashino of JapanIndia’s Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty qualified for the men’s doubles semifinals but B Sai Praneeth crashed out of the men’s singles event at the Thailand Open here on Friday.While Rankireddy and Shetty registered a hard-fought win over qualifiers Choi Solgyu and Seo Seung Jae of Korea, Sai Praneeth suffered a straight-game defeat against seventh seed Kenta Tsuneyama of Japan.After posing some challenges in the first game, Sai Praneeth, who reached the semifinals of last week’s Japan Open, surrendered 18-21 12-21 in the men’s singles quarterfinals.With Sai Praneeth’s exit, Indian challenge has ended in the men’s singles event.However, the unseeded Indian combination of Rankireddy and Shetty fought valiantly for exactly an hour to get past the Korean rivals 21-17 17-21 21-19 in a quarterfinal duel.The win was Rankireddy and Shetty’s maiden victory over the Korean pair.The 16th-ranked Indians will take on another Korean combo of Ko Sung Hyun and Shin Baek Cheol in the semifinals on Saturday.However, it was curtains for Rankireddy in the quarterfinals of mixed doubles event as he and Ashwini Ponnappa lost in straight games to bow out of the tournament.Rankireddy and Ponnappa were no match for third seeds Yuta Watanabe and Arisa Higashino of Japan, losing 13-21 15-21 in a lopsided encounter that lasted just 28 minutes.Also Read | Thailand Open 2019: Sai Praneeth progresses to quarter-finals, HS Prannoy exitsAlso Read | Thailand Open 2019: Saina Nehwal, Kidambi Srikanth crash out after 2nd round defeatsAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow Chirag ShettyFollow Thailand Open 2019last_img

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