Tokyo Olympics: Indian shuttlers lose but stay in contention
The Indian men’s badminton doubles team of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty suffered a straight game loss to the world No.1 Indonesian pair of Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo in their second Group A match here on Monday.
The world No. 10 Indian duo could never get into any kind of rhythm and lost 13-21, 12-21 in 32 minutes. It was their ninth defeat to the Indonesian pair in as many meetings.
Sukamuljo and Gideon now top their group, while Satwik and Chirag are in second spot. The Indians will now look to beat England’s Ben Lane and Sean Vendy, who had also suffered a defeat against the famed Indonesians, on Tuesday.
The world No.3 Chinese Taipei pair of Lee Yang and Wang Chi-Lin, the fourth team in Group A, also notched up a win against the English duo earlier in the day.
The India-Indonesia match started with short rallies with both teams fighting on equal footing till 6-6. The Indonesians then reeled off five straight points to enter the break with four advantage points. At 9-13, Chirag took a medical timeout after he seemed to have hurt his toe.
After the resumption, the Indonesian pair continued to dominate the proceedings to take a 1-0 lead.