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Manu-Sumeeth shock Olympic silver medallists at Japan Open

Press Trust of India  |  Tokyo 

Indian men's doubles pair of and B Sumeeth Reddy stunned Olympic silver medallists and Kiong of to enter the quarterfinals of the USD 700,000 Open tournament here Wednesday.

National champions Manu and Sumeeth, who had defeated the Malaysian pair at Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold in 2015, saved a match point in the second game and came back from a 17-19 deficit to upset world number 10 V Shem and 15-21 23-21 21-19 in a 54-minute battle.

The Indian pair will face China's He and next in the BWF World Tour Super 750 tournament.

On a day when only the men's doubles and women's doubles matches were held, Indian pairs of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty and Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy bowed out of the tournament after losing their respective matches.

silver medallists Satwik and Chirag went down 12-21

17-21 to third seeded Japanese pair of and Keigo Sonoda, while Ashwini and Sikki lost 17-21 13-21 to Korean combination of and in women's doubles.

Olympic silver medallist P V Sindhu and Indian men's singles duo of Kidambi Srikanth and H S Prannoy will play tomorrow.

In the pre-quarterfinals, Sindhu will face China's Gao Fangjie, while Prannoy will take on Indonesia's world no 10 Anthony Sinisuka Ginting, who had stunned Japan's formidable Kento Momota and Olympic champion at the 18th

Former world no 1 Srikanth too will be itching for a revenge when he meets Hong Kong's Wong Wing Ki Vincent tomorrow. Wong Wing Ki had defeated the Indian at last month.

Indian mixed doubles pair of Pranaav and N Sikki Reddy will face Malaysian combination of Chan Peng Soon and Goh

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First Published: Wed, September 12 2018. 12:30 IST