Thailand Open 2019: Satwiksairaj Rankireddy, Ashwini Ponnappa stun Olympic silver medallists Chan Peng Soon and Goh Liu Ying in mixed doubles
The world number 23 Rankireddy and Ponnappa recorded one of the biggest wins of their career by beating the Olympic silver medallists ranked fifth
The unseeded Indian pair beat fifth-seeded Malaysian pair of Chan Peng Soon and Goh Liu Ying in the first round
The Indian pair had defeated their Malaysian opponents in the mixed team event of Gold Coast Commonwealth Games last year
Fifth seed Kidambi Srikanth beat Chinese qualifier Ren Peng Bo 21-13, 17-21, 21-19
Bangkok: India's mixed doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Ashwini Ponnappa on Wednesday recorded one of the biggest wins of their career, stunning Olympic silver medallists Chan Peng Soon and Goh Liu Ying in the first round of the Thailand Open.
The unseeded Indian pair battled for one hour and two minutes to get past the fifth-seeded Malaysian pair of Soon and Ying 21-18, 18-21, 21-17.
It is only the second time that world number 23 Ponnappa and Rankireddy got the better of Soon and Ying, ranked 5th in the world. The Indian pair had defeated their Malaysian opponents in the mixed team event of Gold Coast Commonwealth Games last year.
Ponnappa and Rankireddy will play Indonesia's Alfian Eko Prasetya and Marsheilla Gischa Islami in the second round.
Fifth seed Kidambi Srikanth was made to toil hard for one hour and seven minutes by Chinese qualifier Ren Peng Bo before the Indian came out victorious 21-13, 17-21, 21-19.
Srikanth will be up against Thailand's Khosit Phetpradab in the second round.
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