Ashwini and N Sikki notched Li Wenmei and Zheng Yu in India open badminton

March 27, 2019

BadmintonAshwini Ponnappa

On Tuesday at USD 3,50,000 India Open, CWG bronze medalists Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy notched up a stunning straight-game win over world no 18 Li Wenmei and Zheng Yu to make it to the 2nd round of women’s doubles competition here. The world no 23 Indian pair, who had finished runners-up at the Syed Modi International World Tour Super 300 tournament, stunned Li and Zheng 22-20 21-19 in the opening round.

Ashwini after the match told that “We got really good training last week. We had stretched top players but couldn’t convert it to a win, so it gives us a lot of confidence to be able to do that.”
In men’s doubles duo Arjun MR and Shlok Ramachandran, loss by 16- 21, 18-21 from Chinese pair of Huang Kaixiang and Wang Zekang to crash out of the World Tour Super 500 tournament. In the qualifying round, Indian shuttles unexpectedly dominated with eight singles and 10 doubles pairs from the country securing berths in the main draw. As many as 13 shuttlers were from India out of 16 in the men’s singles qualifiers, where Rahul Yadav Chittaboina, Siddharath Thakur, Kartik Jindal and Kartikey Gulshan Kumar made it to the main draw.

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