Badminton: Japan Open - Mixed day for India

While Sumeeth Reddy and Manu Attri won their match, Satwikairaj and Chirag Shetty tasted defeat and following suit were Ashwini Ponnappa and Sikki Reddy.

Indian doubles players Ashwini Ponnappa (foreground) and N. Sikki Reddy in action.   -  PTI

Good morning and welcome to Sportstar's LIVE updates from the Japan Open Badminton.


Well, that's it for the Indian action on Wednesday. We'll be back with more updates later on!

9.50 am: That's it. India's Ashwini Ponnappa and N. Sikki Reddy lose 17-21, 13-21 to South Korea's Ye Na Chang and Kyung Eun Jung.

9.48 am: It doesn't look good at all for Ashwini and Sikki. The pair trails 12-20 now. The South Koreans are just one point away from victory.

9.45 am: Meanwhile, India's Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty have gone down to the third seeded pair of Takeshi Kamura and Keigo Sonoda of Japan 12-21, 17-21.

9.43 am: The Indians are attempting to crawl back into the game at 7-12 now.

9.40 am: It doesn't look good for the Indian pair now. Ashwini and Sikki trail 3-10 in the second game.

9.35 am: Ashwini and Sikki must now win both their games to progress.

9.35 am: The Indian pair lose the first game 17-21. The South Koreans upped the ante after being deadlocked at 16-all and the Indians had no answers to the fury of Chang and Jung.

9.33 am: Well, it seems India is losing the plot here. The pair of Ashwini and Sikki trail 20-17 in the first game.

9.28 am: There is nothing to separate the pairs in the first game. They are going neck-to-neck at 16-16.

Ashwini Ponnappa and Sikki Reddy are on the courts. They will play against Ye Na Chang and Kyung Eun Jung of South Korea.

Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy beat Shem Goh and Wee Kiong Tan 2-1 (15-21, 23-21, 21-19).

It was a good start by India on Wednesday morning as the doubles action kicked off.