Manu Atri and B Sumeeth Reddy beat Olympic silver medallists

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Tokyo: Indian men’s double pair Manu Atri and B Sumeeth Reddy defeated Olympic silver medallists Goh V Shem and Tan Wee Kiong of Malaysia to enter the quarterfinals of the USD 700,000 Japan Open badminton tournament in Tokyo on Wednesday.

Indian pair Manu and Sumeeth, saved a match point in the second game and came back from a 17-19 deficit and defeated World No 10 V Shem and Tan Wee, 15-21 23-21 21-19 in just a 54-minute battle.

Earlier, the Indian pair had defeated the Malaysian pair at Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold in 2015.

National Champions Manu and Sumeeth will now face China’s He Jiting and Tan Qiang next in the BWF World Tour Super 750 tournament.

Indian pairs comprising of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy-Chirag Shetty and Ashwini Ponnappa-N Sikki Reddy bowed out of the tournament after losing their respective matches.

Commonwealth Games silver medallists Satwik and Chirag went down 12-21, 17-21 to third-seeded Japanese pair of Takeshi Kamura and Keigo Sonoda, while Ashwini and Sikki lost 17-21 13-21 to Korean combination of Chang Ye Na and Jung Kyung Eun in women’s doubles.

Olympic silver medallist PV Sindhu and Indian men’s singles duo of Kidambi Srikanth and HS Prannoy will play their match on Thursday.

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