Doubles pair of Satwik and Chirag enter main draw of Indonesia Open

The Indian pair defeated the Indonesian pair of Altof Barriq and Reinard Dhanriano 22-20, 21-9 in the first qualifying match and Indonesian combo of Sabar Gutama and Frengky Putra 21-18, 21-16 to make it to the main draw of the tournament.

The Indian pair won two matches to qualify for the main draw, while Saina Nehwal and P V Sindhu will begin their campaign on Tuesday.   -  AFP

India’s rising men’s doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty notched up twin wins to enter the main draw of the Indonesia Open Superseries Premier badminton here, on Monday.

Satwik and Chirag defeated Indonesian pair of Altof Barriq and Reinard Dhanriano 22-20, 21-9 in 30 minutes in the first qualifying match.

The duo then saw off Indonesians combo of Sabar Karyaman Gutama and Frengky Wijaya Putra 21-18, 21-16 in 36 minutes to make it to opening round of main draw of the tournament.

Top Indian shuttlers Saina Nehwal and P V Sindhu will start their campaign at the women’s singles on Tuesday. While Saina will play Thailand’s Ratchanok Intanon, Sindhu will also face a thai shuttler in Pornpawee Chochuwong.

Mixed doubles pair of Ashwini Ponnappa and B Sumeeth Reddy will also begin their campaign Tuesday.

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