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Highlights, Thailand Open Super 1000, badminton score and results: Satwiksairaj, Ashwini lose in semi-final

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Highlights, Thailand Open Super 1000, badminton score and results: Satwiksairaj, Ashwini lose in semi-final

Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Ashwini Ponappa. Image Courtesy: BAI Media

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Jan 23, 2021 - 18:39 (IST)

Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Ashwini Ponappa’s loss ends India’s campaign at the Thailand Open 2021.

They did well to take the contest to the final game but the Thai pair of Sapsiree Taerattanachai and Dechapol Puavaranukroh had the last laugh and claimed a 22-20, 18-21, 21-12 win.

Earlier in the day, India’s Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty had lost 18-21 18-21 to the Malaysian pair of Aaron Chia and Soh Wooi Yik.

That’s it from us today! We hope you enjoyed our coverage.

Jan 23, 2021 - 18:25 (IST)

Third game: Rankireddy-Ponnapa 12-21 Dechapol-Sapsiree

It's all over. Dechapol Puavaranukroh and Sapsiree Taerattanachai are through to the mixed doubles final with 20-22, 21-18, 12-21 victory over Satwiksairaj and Ashwini Ponnapa. The Indian pair made it hard but lost the momentum in the final game.  

Jan 23, 2021 - 18:20 (IST)

Third game: Rankireddy-Ponnapa 11-15 Dechapol-Sapsiree

Dechapol and Sapsiree are the upping the ante. They now have a four point lead. Could it be decisive? 

Jan 23, 2021 - 18:16 (IST)

Third game: Rankireddy-Ponnapa 9-11 Dechapol-Sapsiree

Change of ends and it's the Thai pair who have the advantage. The Indians are not making it easy for their opponents. This will be one tough fight 

Jan 23, 2021 - 18:11 (IST)

Third game: Rankireddy-Ponnapa 4-5 Dechapol-Sapsiree

Nice opening rally to begin the third game. The Thai pair takes a 3-0 lead but the Indians do well to win back four points.   

Jan 23, 2021 - 18:05 (IST)

Second game: Rankireddy-Ponnapa 21-18 Dechapol-Sapsiree

Brilliant from the Indians. Again they take the game deep and win three consecutive points to force a decider.  

Jan 23, 2021 - 17:56 (IST)

Second game: Rankireddy-Ponnapa 12-12 Dechapol-Sapsiree

Is the comeback on? Good work by the Indian pair to level the scoreline. 

Jan 23, 2021 - 17:53 (IST)

Second game: Rankireddy-Ponnapa 6-11 Dechapol-Sapsiree

Just too good from Dechapol and Sapsiree. Five point advantage for them. Indians need to pull off something special here.   

Jan 23, 2021 - 17:48 (IST)

Second game: Rankireddy-Ponnapa 2-5 Dechapol-Sapsiree

The top seed Thai pair again took an early lead in the second game. Unforced errors not helping the Indians.   

Jan 23, 2021 - 17:44 (IST)

Rankireddy-Ponnapa 20-22 Dechapol-Sapsiree

The Indians did well to take the game deep. They saved three game points to make it 20-20. Unforced errors from Ashwini and Satwiksairaj resulted in Dechapol and Sapsiree taking the first game. 

Report: Error-prone PV Sindhu suffered a demoralising defeat in the quarterfinals while Sameer Verma's gallant fight too ended in agony at the Toyota Thailand Open on Friday.

However, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy claimed twin wins in mixed and men's doubles quarterfinals along with Ashwini Ponnappa and Chirag Shetty to keep India's flag fluttering at the BWF World Tour Super 1000 tournament.

Sindhu looked a pale shadow of the player who had won the world championship gold in 2019 as she committed too many unforced errors to go down 13-21 9-21 against home favourite Ratchanok Inthanon.

"I made a lot of unforced errors and I think that I gave away easy points. I didn't play my best today. It wasn't my day," a crestfallen Sindhu said.

In men's singles, Sameer's giant-killing run also came to an end after he squandered a match point to go down 13-21 21-19 20-22 to world no. 3 Anders Antonsen of Denmark in a quarterfinal contest.

With the defeat of Sindhu and Sameer, Indian challenge in singles competition ended in the tournament.

The doubles players, however, gave fans something to cheer as Satwik and Ashwini upstaged world no. 6 pair of Peng Soon Chan and Liu Ying Goh of Malaysia 18-21 24-22 22-20 after toiling hard for one hour and 15 minutes.

"We have played them three times. We have won twice and lost once. We were confident. We knew our main strength would be our attack. They were under pressure. We kept fighting. We had our chances and never messed up," Satwik said.

Later in the day, Satwik and Chirag saw off another Malaysian pair of Ong Yew Sin and Teo Ee Yi 21-18 24-22 in 37 minutes.

Earlier Sindhu, a medal contender at the Tokyo Olympics, looked awfully out of form as she was all at sea against Ratchanok, a former world champion.

"Some of my lifts were going out and going out of control. I was hitting with so much power sometimes. I should have controlled things a lot more. If I had won the first game, I think things would have been comparatively different," she said.

Ratchanok, who had lost to Sindhu in their last three meetings, came out with a positive intent and eked out a three-point lead early on even as Sindhu failed to control the length, hitting long and wide.

The Thai soon grabbed a four-point advantage at the first-game interval with Sindhu failing to control her shots.

The Indian looked to force the pace after the break and caught up at 13-13. However, it was a one-way traffic after that as Ratchanok blew the Indian away with eight straight points to pocket the opening game.

The change of sides didn't bring any change of fortunes for Sindhu as she trailed 1-7 at one stage before going into the break seven points behind her rival.

After the breather, Ratchanok eased to 19-7 before grabbing a massive 12 match point advantage. The Thai missed a point due to a misjudgement at the backline before sealing the match with another precise return.

In the other singles match, a tentative Sameer was left to do the catch up act in the opening game as Antonsen zoomed to 5-0 before grabbing a six-point advantage at the break. He soon took the opening game when the Indian went wide again.

Lagging 1-5, Sameer managed to claw back with four straight points in the second game. A brilliant cross court net shot helped the Indian to keep it 7-7 but Antonsen held a slender one-point lead at the break.

Sameer kept breathing down his neck and grabbed a game point with an onrushing return. He roared back into the contest when Antenson faltered at the net.

In the decider, the duo was 5-5 at one stage before Sameer moved to three-point advantage at the interval. Antonsen drew parity at 13-13 after Sameer erred twice at the net.

In a battle of nerves, Sameer grabbed the match point first with a deep return but found the net next as it was 20-all. Antonsen then grabbed a match point with a precise return at the fore court and sealed the match with a similar shot.

With inputs from PTI

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