Thailand Open: Satwik-Chirag, Ashwini-Tanisha progress to semifinals

Tanisha Crasto and Ashwini Ponnappa
Tanisha Crasto and Ashwini Ponnappa won in three games. File photo: BAI via IANS

Bangkok: Star Indian men's doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty sailed to the semifinals with a straight-game win over Malaysians Junaidi Arif and Roy King Yap at the Thailand Open here on Friday.

The world No. 3 Indian duo notched up a facile 21-7, 21-14 win over Arif and Yap in the quarterfinals of the Super 500 tournament.

They will next face Chinese Taipei's Lu Ming-Che and Tang Kai-Wei in the last four stage.

The women's doubles pair of Ashwini Ponnappa and Tanisha Carsto also moved to the semifinals.

But unlike Satwik and Chirag, Ashwini and Tanisha had to toil for one hour and 16 minutes to register a 21-15, 21-23, 21-19 win over the sixth-seeded South Korean duo of Lee Yu Lim and Shen Seung Chan.

The Indians will next face top seeds Jongkolphan Kititharakul and Rawinda Prajongjai of Thailand in the semifinals

However, young Indian shuttler Meiraba Luwang Maisnam's splendid run came to an end as he was handed a 12-21, 5-21 defeat by fourth seed and world champion Kunlavut Vitidsarn of Thailand.

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