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Rankireddy-Ponnappa in main draw of Denmark Open badminton, Parupalli Kashyap out

The team of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Ashwini Ponnappa reached the main draw of Denmark Open badminton, but Parupalli Kashyap crashed out of the tournament.

other sports Updated: Oct 17, 2017 22:37 IST
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Parupalli Kashyap,Satwiksairaj Rankireddy,Denmark Open badminton
Parupalli Kashyap crashed out of Denmark Open badminton after losing to Takuma Ueda. (Hindustan Times)

The fast-rising mixed doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Ashwini Ponnappa entered the main draw but Commonwealth Games champion Parupalli Kashyap bowed out of the Denmark Open badminton tournament.

On a day when two-time Olympic champion and five-time world champion Lin Dan pulled out of the men’s singles competition, Satwik and Ponnappa managed to earn two crucial wins to join Pranaav Jerry Chopra and N Sikki Reddy in the main draw of mixed doubles.

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The Indian duo first beat Denmark’s Kristoffer Knudsen and Isabella Nielsen 21-17 21-13 and then notched up a 21-8 21-13 win over the German combo of Jones Ralfy Jansen and Eva Janssens.

In men’s singles qualification, Kashyap overcame Denmark’s Victor Svendsen 21-13 21-16, but lost to Japan’s Takuma Ueda 4-21 19-21 in 36 minutes.

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Subhankar Dey saw off Denmark’s Kim Brun 21-12 13-21 21- 15 and then got the better of another Danish player, Rasmus Gemke, 21-17 13-21 21-19.

“I am disappointed that I conceded a few points in the last game. It has been happening to me. I was leading against Emil Holst at Dutch open last week. But I am happy to play in the main draw in my second Super Series,” Subhankar said.

First Published: Oct 17, 2017 22:37 IST