BWF China Open 2019: Satwiksairaj Rankireddy, Chirag Shetty bow out in straight games in second-round men's doubles match
Satwik will return to court, later in the day when he partners Ashwini Ponnappa in the mixed doubles second-round match against Yuki Kaneko and Misaki Matsutomo
Satwik and Chirag, ranked 15 in the world, lost 19-21, 8-21 to the Japanese fourth-seeded pair of Takeshi Kamura and Keigo Sonoda
This is the second time Satvik and Chirag have lost to the combination of Kamura and Sonoda this year
Later on Thursday, the mixed doubles pair of Satwiksairaj and Ashwini Ponanappa will take on Japan's Yuki Kaneko and Misaki Matsutomo
Changzhou: The Indian men's doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty suffered a straight-game loss to Japan's Takeshi Kamura and Keigo Sonoda to crash out of the China Open badminton tournament on Thursday.
Satwik and Chirag, ranked 15th in the world, ran out of steam after a decent start against their fourth-seeded opponents and went down 19-21 8-21 in the second-round match that lasted 33 minutes.
This is the second time Satvik and Chirag have lost to the combination of Kamura and Sonoda this year. They had lost to the World No 4 pair at the Japan Open in July.
Later on Thursday, the mixed doubles pair of Satwik and Ashwini Ponanappa, who had stunned Indonesia's World No 7 combination of Praveen Jordan and Melati Daeva Oktavianti in the opening round, will take on Japan's Yuki Kaneko and Misaki Matsutomo.
In the singles events, fifth seed PV Sindhu, Parupalli Kashyap and B Sai Praneeth will also be in action.
Ponnappa and Siki Reddy will take on the second-seeded Japanese duo of Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi in the second round of the women's doubles competition.
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