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Satwik-Chirag pair stuns 3rd seeds, Praneeth suffers loss
The Indian men’s doubles pairing of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty shocked the World No.3 combination of Yang Lee and Chi-Lin Wang of Chinese Taipei in a thrilling Group A match of the Olympics badminton competition, where the country experienced disappointment in the men’s singles event on Saturday.
Satwiksairaj and Chirag, currently ranked World No.10, notched up a stunning 21-16, 16-21, 27-25 win over Lee and Wang, who clinched back-to-back titles at the Yonex Thailand Open, the Toyota Thailand Open and the BWF World Tour Finals in Thailand earlier this year. However, 13th-seeded B Sai Praneeth suffered a demoralising 17-21, 15-21 loss to World No.47 Misha Zilberman of Israel in a 41-minute men’s singles Group D match.
Results: Men’s doubles: Group A: Satwiksairaj Rankireddy/Chirag Shetty beat Yang Lee/Chi-Lin Wang of Chinese Taipei 21-16, 16-21, 27-25; Men’s singles: Group D: B Sai Praneeth lost 17-21, 15-21 to Misha Zilberman of Israel.
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