September 20 2017: Parupalli Kashyap failed to make it to the men’s singles main draw of the Japan Open Super Series badminton tournament even as young Satwiksairaj Rankireddy made it to the main draw of both the mixed and men’s doubles.
Satwiksairaj Rankireddy (L) and Chirag Shetty in action at the India Open. Twitter: @BAI_Media
Courtesy: Hindustan Times with inputs from Navaneeth Chitradurga
Parupalli Kashyap defeated Denmark’s Emil Holst 21-15, 21-14 in the opening round before going down narrowly to Japan’s Yu Igarashi 11-21, 21-18, 14-21 to crash out of the Japan Open Super Series.
Satwiksairaj Rankireddy displayed unrelenting will and stamina as he played four matches on the qualifying round to make it to the main draw of both men’s and mixed doubles events.
The 17-year-old from Andhra Pradesh paired up with his men’s doubles partner Chirag Shetty to edge past Japan’s Hirokatsu Hashimoto and Hiroyuki Saeki 14-21 22-20 21-18 in the opening round and then defeated another local combination of Keiichiro Matsui and Yoshinori Takeuchi 21-18 21-12 to qualify for the main draw.
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The Indian duo, who reached their maiden Super Series quarterfinals last week at Korea, will face third seeded Indonesian combo of Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo tomorrow.
In the women’s singles, PV Sindhu could once again find herself going up against Nozomi Okuhara should she make the knockout rounds.