Rankireddy-Shetty beat Britain’s Ben Lane and Sean Vendy in straight games but Chinese Taipei’s Lee Yang and Wang Chi-Lin’s victory earlier in the day sealed their fate.
en’s doubles pair Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty recorded a straight game win over Ben Lane and Sean Vendy of Great Britain but failed to make the quarter-finals of the Tokyo Olympics on Tuesday. Satwik and Chirag won the match 21-17, 21-19 but victory for Chinese Taipei’s Lee Yang and Wang Chi-Lin meant that there was no way the Indian pair would reach the quarter-finals.
Satwik and Chirag lost their previous match against the Minions, world No.1 Indonesian pair Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo and Marcus Fernaldi Gideon in straight games 21-13, 21-12 in a little over 30 minutes. Satwik and Chirag would have been able to go through to the quarter-finals provided world No.3 pair of Yang Lee and Chi-Lin Wang didn’t beat the Minions.
However the Lee and Wang ended up winning the match 21-18, 21-15, 21-17.
Satwik and Chirag thus end their campaign level on wins with the Minions and the Chinese Taipei pair, the highest ranked men’s doubles players in the world. With only two pairs going into the quarter-finals, Satwik and Chirag were deemed to have been handed a difficult group but they have given their higher ranked opponents a run for their money.