Dutch Open | Mixed doubles pairs of Ponnappa- Rankireddy and Attri-Maneesha enter pre-quarterfinals

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Dutch Open | Mixed doubles pairs of Ponnappa- Rankireddy and Attri-Maneesha enter pre-quarterfinals

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Indian mixed doubles pair of Ashwini Ponnappa and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy advanced into the round of 16 of the Dubai Grand Prix Gold with a 21-15 20-22 21-6 second-round win. Manu Attri and K Maneesha followed suit as they entered the pre-quarterfinals with a hard-fought 21-18, 21-23, 21-14 win.

Ashwini Ponnappa and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy advanced to the Dutch Open pre-quarterfinals in Almere, Netherlands, with a convincing victory over the native pairing of Robin Tabeling and Cheryl Seinen.

The Indian pair stormed through the game in just 58 minutes to overcome the seventh-seeded Dutch pairing 21-15 20-22 21-6. Despite some close moments, it was a comfortable win for the Indians as they dominated from start to the finish. Tabeling and Seinen notched up their efforts in the second game as they came from 5-9 down to take it 22-20. However, Ponnappa and Rankireddy were undeterred by it as they wrapped up the game in the third round 21-6, losing serve only five times and winning 11 of the last 13 points. They now face yet another Danish pair- Kristoffer Knudsen and Isabella Nielsen in the round of 16.

India don’t have most of its top players participating in the Dutch Open as they prepare for the Denmark Open Superseries Premier starting next week. It has given a chance for the lower-ranked shuttlers to ply their trade in the tournament.

The other mixed doubles pair to make it past the second round is that of Manu Attri and K Maneesha, who had an easier win over Belgium’s Freek Golinski and Lise Jaques as they finished off the game within 50 minutes.

In the men’s singles category, Subhankar Dey won both the scheduled matches by overcoming Japan’s Naoki Yamazawa 21-14, 21-18 in the first round and then Belgium’s Maxime Moreels 21-13, 21-14. The 15-seeded now awaits Denmark’s Emil Holst in the round of 16.

A host of names were eliminated from the tournament quite early, which included Rahul Yadav, Karan Rajan Rajarajan, Sahil Sipani, Pratul Joshi (men’s singles) and Sri Krishna Priya Kudaravalli (women’s singles). Joshi managed to catch the eye despite his defeat as he showed resilience against top seed Tzu Wei Wang from Chinese Taipei, before losing 21-8 19-21 21-19 in 58 minutes.

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