PARIS: Commonwealth Games gold medalists Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty rallied to beat France Christo Popov and Toma Junior Popov take part in the men’s doubles pre-quarter-finals French Open Super 750 tournament on Tuesday.
The Indian duo lost the first match 19-21 but rallied strongly to win the next two 21-9, 21-13 in their Round of 16.
However, Birmingham Commonwealth Games bronze medalists Treesa Jolly and Gayatri Gopichand withdrew from the tournament after losing in consecutive matches in their first women’s doubles match.
Treesa and Gayatri battled it out bravely before losing 21-23, 20-22 to Thailand’s sixth seed Jongkolphan Kititharakul and Rawinda Prajongjai.
In mixed doubles, Ishaan Bhatnagar and Tanisha Crasto also couldn’t make it past the first round, losing 13-21, 16-21 to Japan’s Kyohei Yamashita and Naru Shinoya.
After two setbacks, world number 8 Rankireddy and Chirag ended the day on a high note for India.



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