Denmark Open Superseries Premier: Satwiksairaj Rankireddy-Ashwini Ponnappa make main draw, P Kashyap ousted
The fast-rising mixed doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Ashwini Ponnappa entered the main draw but Parupalli Kashyap bowed out at the Denmark Superseries Premier.
Odense (Denmark): The fast-rising mixed doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Ashwini Ponnappa entered the main draw but Commonwealth Games champion Parupalli Kashyap bowed out at the Denmark Superseries Premier.
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.
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.
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.
Paralympics gold medallist Pramod Bhagat says he learnt to stay calm under pressure from Sachin Tendulkar
The 33-year-old Indian, who had contracted polio when he was four years old, showed great mental fortitude as he recovered from an eight-point deficit in the second game to come up trumps against his opponent.
The tournament was scheduled to be held in Lucknow from 12 to 17 October.