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Satwik and Chirag enter the quarterfinals of the Swiss Open as PV Sindhu exits


The two-time Olympic medalist PV Sindhu was upset by Indonesia’s Putri Kusuma Wardani in a thrilling three-game women’s singles second round encounter, and was unable to successfully defend her Swiss Open Super 300 badminton championship. World No. 9 The fourth-seeded Sindhu was shocked by the 38th-ranked Wardani in their first-ever international match on Thursday night, losing 15-21, 21-12, and 18-21. But the second-seeded men’s team of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty kept the Indian flag flying by defeating the Taiwanese team of Fang-Chih Lee and Fang-Jen Lee 12-21 21-17 28-26 to go to the quarterfinals.

Later on Friday, the No. 6-ranked Indian team will take on Jeppe Bay and Lasse Molhede of Denmark. Earlier on Thursday, unseeded Frenchman Christo Popov defeated world No. 9 and fifth-seeded H S Prannoy in straight games to cause a stunning second-round elimination. Prannoy, who entered the match as the favorite, seemed like a pale imitation of himself in front of Popov, who is ranked No. 40 in the world. Prannoy lost 8-21, 8-21, and was eliminated from the men’s singles competition.

However, Kidambi Srikanth was the first to lose on Thursday, falling to Cheuk Yiu Lee of Hong Kong.

Rankings-wise, there wasn’t much separating the two since Srikanth is ranked 20th in the world while his competitor is ranked 19th.

Although it was a close battle, Lee maintained his cool to win the singles pre-quarterfinal match 22-20 21-17.

Mithun Manjunath, the national champion, was eliminated in the second round after falling to Chia Hao Lee of Chinese Taipei 19-21 10-21.

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