The women’s doubles pair of Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy stormed into the quarter-finals of All England Championships on Thursday after an upset win over sixth seeds Bulgarian pair of Gabriela Stoeva and Stefani Stoeva. Ashwini-Sikki registered a 21-17, 21-10 victory in just 33 minutes to reach the last eight. Ashwini-Sikki played a smart game and never let the Stoeva sisters get much into the game.
Up next for Ashwini-Sikki is a match-up against the Dutch pair of Selena Piek and Cheryl Seinen, who received a walkover from the Indonesian pair Greysia Polii and Apriyani Rahayu. The Indonesian contingent was withdrawn from the tournament after a passenger in their flight tested positive for coronavirus. This gives Ashwini-Sikki a good chance to make the semi-finals.
Earlier, India’s top men’s doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty failed to make the quarter-finals after an edgy loss to Danish pair Kim Astrup-Anders Skaarup Rasmussen. The sixth seeds lost 16-21, 21-11, 17-21 in an hour and three minutes. Even though Satwik-Chirag had a good game plan and took the initiative very well in the match but a few nervy errors towards the end cost them.
Dhruv Kapila-Meghana Jakkampudi lost to Denmark’s Niclas Nohr-Amalie Magelund 21-19, 21-8 in just 29 minutes.
Ealier in the day, PV Sindhu and Lakshya Sen registered victories while HS Prannoy, mixed doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Ashwini Ponnappa and Sai Praneeth ended up on the losing side.
Sindhu demolished Denmark’s Line Christophersen 21-8, 21-8 in merely 25 minutes to win her second round match and make the last eight. Sindhu will next be up against Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi.
Lakshya Sen also got a solid second round win over France’s Thomas Rouxel to advance to the quarter-finals. He beat the French 21-18, 21-17 in 53 minutes. Lakshya will next be up against Mark Caljouw from the Netherlands.
HS Prannoy fell in the second round to world No.1 Kento Momota 21-15, 21-14 in 48 minutes. Also on the losing end was the mixed doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Ashwini Ponnappa. They were up against the Japanese pair of Yuki Kaneko and Misaki Matsutomo and it took them just 35 minutes to beat the Indian pair. Satwik-Ashwini lost 21-19, 21-9.
Sai Praneeth lost to second seed Viktor Axelsen of Denmark 21-15, 12-21, 12-21 in 52 minutes.
Yet to Play:
Sameer Verma vs (Denmark) Anders Antonsen