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Tokyo Olympics: Chirag-Satwik fail to seal quarterfinals berth despite win over Lane-Vendy

The Tokyo Olympics saw the Indians keep getting ousted, as badminton happens to be the next victim. Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy duo missed the quarterfinals berth despite winning their group stage clash against an English pair.

Tokyo Olympics: Chirag-Satwik fail to seal quarterfinals berth despite win over Lane-Vendy-ayh
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Tokyo, First Published Jul 27, 2021, 11:55 AM IST
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The Tokyo Olympics 2020 continue to remain brutal to the Indians. The men's doubles badminton pair of Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy were ousted from the competition, failing to qualify for the quarterfinals, despite winning their final group stage game against the English duo of Ben Lane and Sean Vendy.

In a 44-minute clash, the Indians won in straight sets (21-17, 21-19). However, despite the win, they finished third in their group, behind Indonesia's Marcus Gideon Fernaldi and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo (first) and Chinese Taipei's Yang Lee and Chi-Lin Wang.

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While all the three finish on equal points, the number of games won was considered, on which the Indians missed out. Their straight-set loss by the Indians against the Indonesian cost them. The Indians were out of contention even before their match on Tuesday.

As for the game, they exploited the mistakes by the English pair, with Lane hitting wide on most occasions while they maintained their lead at all times. Although the English bid for a comeback in the second set by levelling at 18-18, the Indians were vigilant not to goof up and grab the match point.

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