Satwik Rankireddy/Chirag Shetty of India and Treesa Jolly/Gayatri Gopichand of India advanced to the pre-quarterfinals of the BWF World Championships on Wednesday. Treesa and Gayatri played admirably in women’s doubles, defeating Chang Ching Hui and Yang Ching Tun of Chinese Taipei in straight games 21-18, 21-10.
Treesa and Gayatri, world number 19, won the match in 38 minutes. In the following round, the Indian combo will play top seed Chen Qing Chen and Jia Yi Fan.
The Indian team got off to a slow start as the Chinese Taipei pair established an early 5-2 lead until Treesa/Gayatri began drawing mistakes from long rallies. At the mid-game break, the Indian duo led 11-9.
After the break, Treesa made a few mistakes, but the Indian team maintained their advantage and won the opening game 21-18. Early on, Treesa and Gayatri trailed 2-5 but quickly began alternating the strike and lengthening the rallies to elicit errors from their opponent, turning the tide and reaching 8-6.
The Indian team maintained its momentum in the second game, jumping out to an early 8-5 lead. As they struck some strong returns, Treesa and Gayatri’s advantage began to expand. Treesa/Gayatri picked up the tempo after the interval to increase their lead to 14-8. The Indian team won the second game easily to win the match, helped by their opponent’s mistakes.
The world number two team of Satwik Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty played against Kenneth Zhe Hooi Choo and Ming Chuen Lim of Australia in the second match of the day. In the first game, the Indian team got off to a strong start and maintained a lead the entire time to win 21-16.
The Australian team performed admirably in spots, but the Indian team was unquestionably superior. The Asian Champions had a lot less trouble in the second game, which they won 21-9 to secure a spot in the pre-quarterfinals. In the preliminary round, they will compete against the Indonesian team of Daniel Marthin and Leo Rolly Carnondo.
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