Ashwini Ponnappa and Tanisha Crasto secured a notable victory over the ninth-ranked duo of Mayu Matsumoto and Wakana Nagahara, propelling themselves into the quarterfinals of the 2024 Malaysia Open on Thursday. Initiating the day with a triumph, Ashwini and Tanisha demonstrated exceptional skill to overcome their highly ranked opponents. The pair clinched the victory with a score of 21-19, 13-21, 21-15, convincingly securing their spot in the quarterfinals. Meanwhile, in the men’s doubles category, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty continued their impressive performance, advancing to the quarterfinals by defeating the French duo of Lucas Corvee and Ronan Labar with scores of 21-11, 21-18 in straight games. Unfortunately, Kidambi Srikanth faced challenges in the men’s singles match against Ng Ka Long Angus of Hong Kong, succumbing to errors and misjudgments. Satwik and Chirag, the gold medalists from the Asian Games, displayed an aggressive game, establishing an 11-2 lead at the break in the opening game. Despite a brief resurgence from the French pair, the Indian duo-maintained control, securing a 14-12 lead and ultimately sealing the victory.
India's Ashwini Ponnappa and Tanisha Crasto register a brilliant win against the world number nine pair of Mayu Matsumoto and Wakana Nagahara of Japan in the women's doubles. The Indian pair won a three-game thriller by 21-19, 13-21, 21-15 to enter the quarter… pic.twitter.com/zPImom7xbi
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In the men’s singles event, Kidambi Srikanth faced defeat due to his poor decision-making and unforced errors. Despite initially leading 7-2 in the first game, he ultimately lost to the 20th-ranked player in the world, Ka Long Angus from Hong Kong. Angus, who had suffered two losses to Indian opponents in their previous encounters, gained confidence and took control with a six-point burst as Srikanth struggled. Although Srikanth performed well in the second game, he succumbed to pressure, ultimately conceding the match to Angus. This marked the end of India’s representation in the men’s singles, as HS Prannoy and Lakshya Sen were also eliminated in the first round.