India's Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty reached the quarter-finals after registering a comeback win in the pre-quarterfinals match of the men's doubles at the China Open on Thursday. The Indian pair defeated Indonesian pair of Wahyu Nayaka and Yusuf Santoso 21-16, 14-12 and 15-21 in 60 minutes.
After losing the first point in the first game, the Indian pair did a great comeback but could not retain the lead for a long time. After the 6-6 draw, the Indonesian pair won the first game 21-16 without any mistake.
In the second game, the Indian pair made a great comeback and won the game by 14-21 points.
The third game was full of suspense. In the beginning, the Indonesian duo produced a brilliant game and earned 4 consecutive points in the beginning, but soon the Indian pair came back. At one time, 11-11 in the match, the Indian team turned the match on their stride, winning the game by 15-21 and making it to the quarter-finals.
Earlier, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty made the seventh seed seeded Denmark pair of Conrad Petersen and Mads Pieler Kolding out in straight sets to make it to the pre-quarter. In the 53-minute match, the Indian pair defeated Denmark pair 23-21, 24-22.