The quarter-finals of the ongoing Toyota Thailand Open were nothing short of nerve-racking. After Ashwini Ponnappa-Satwiksairaj Rankireddy‘s victory and Sameer Verma and PV Sindhu‘s loss, all eyes were on the men’s doubles duo Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty.
The 2019 Thailand Open champions were on a roll as they began their campaign in the tournament. And their top form continued as they beat Ong Yew Sin and Teo Ee Yi of Malaysia in a straight game victory. The duo inched closer to recreating history.
The awe-striking victory
The contest started on a fiery note as both the pairs were relentless in their pursuit. Ong and Teo took a narrow lead initially but despite trailing for most of the match the Indian duo produced a commendable comeback. Playing some calm and calculated badminton, the Indian pair took the first game, 21-18.
The Malaysians started the second bout like they did the first game. They took the lead once again. The Indians however mounted another incredible comeback as they fought tooth and nail in the exciting second game. None of the pairs were ready to spare a chance. However Shetty and Rankireddy edged out winning the match in a straight-game victory, 24-22.
The mixed doubles pair of Ashwini Ponnappa-Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and men’s doubles duo Satwiksairaj Rankireddy-Chirag Shetty will feature in the semi-finals. The next round is bound to be edge-of-the-seat.