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Tokyo Olympics, badminton: Satwik-Chirag miss out on quarters despite winning last group match

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Indian shuttlers Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy emerged victorious against the English pair of Ben Lane and Sean Vendy in their final Group A match but still missed out on qualifying for the quarter-finals at the Tokyo Olympics on Tuesday.

Ranked 10th in the world, the Indians beat the world No 18 team 21-17, 21-19 in a 44-minute Group A men’s doubles match at the Musashino Forest Plaza.

However, they couldn’t make it to the knockout stage as they finished third in Group A behind top-ranked Indonesian team of Marcus Gideon Fernaldi and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo and world number three Yang Lee and Chi-Lin Wang of Chinese Taipei.

All three teams finished on same points with two wins each and when the number of games won was considered to identify the qualifiers, the Indians lost.

Chirag and Satwik’s straight game loss to the Indonesians on Monday cost them dear.

Moments before the Indian pair stepped on the court, Lee and Wang had completed a three-game win over Sukamuljo and Gideon in the preceding group match, rendering the result of India’s contest against Britain inconsequential.

Only the top two pairs of each group advance to the quarterfinals.

In London Olympics, Ashwini Ponnappa and Jwala Gutta too had endured a similar fate when they bowed out…

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