Swiss Open 2021: Ashwini-Satwik Upset Second Seeds to Advance to Round 2, Pranaav-Sikki Out

The Indian mixed doubles pair of Ashwini Ponnappa and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy pulled off a big upset on the first day of Swiss Open 2021 with a first-round win over second seeds Hafiz Faizal and Gloria Emanuelle Widjaja of Indonesia on Tuesday. Ashwini-Satwik took just 38 minutes to beat Faizal-Widjaja 21-18, 21-10 to advance to the second round of the tournament. However, it was curtains for the other mixed doubles pair Pranaav Jerry Chopra-N Sikki Reddy as they were ousted by third seeded pair of Marcus Ellis and Lauren Smith of England 21-18, 21-15 in 39 minutes.

The first game of Ashwini-Satwik’s match was like a see-saw. The Indian pair took a 5-2 early lead but then the Indonesian pair hit back to make it 6-5. From there on, it was like an exchange of a couple of points each between the two pairs. At 16-16, Ashwini-Sikki bag two points to make it 18-16 but the Indonesian pair won the next point. However, Ashwini-Sikki went on to win the next two points to bring up three game points. Faizal-Widjaja saved one game point but Ashwini-Satwik were able to take the set.

The second game started in a similar fashion but as the Indian pair led 5-4, they switched up a gear and started taking big leads. At the break, Ashwini-Satwik had an 11-6 lead. It was all Ashwini-Satwik after the break as the Indonesian pair struggled to string two points together while the Indian pair went on a rampage. Ashwini-Satwik easily pocketed the second game to win the match.

In the second round, Ashwini-Satwik will be up against another Indonesian pair in Rinov Rivaldy and Pitha Haningtyas Mentari.

Wednesday Games:

Women’s singles

1. PV Sindhu vs Neslihan Yigit (Turkey)

2. Saina Nehwal vs Phittayaporn Chaiwan (Thailand)

Men’s singles

1. Kidambi Srikanth vs Sameer Verma (India)

2. HS Prannoy vs Mark Caljouw (Netherlands)

3. Sourabh Verma vs Christian Kirchmayr (Switzerland)

4. Ajay Jayaram vs Sitthikom Thammasin (Thailand)

5. Parupalli Kashyap vs Pablo Abian (Spain)

6. B Sai Praneeth vs Misha Zilberman (Israel)

7. Lakshya Sen vs Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk (Thailand)

Women’s doubles

1. Ashwini Ponnappa, N Sikki Reddy vs Annabella Jaeger, Stine Küspert (Germany)

Men’s doubles

1. M.R. Arjun, Dhruv Kapila vs Vladimir Ivanov, Ivan Sozonov (Russia)

2. Satwiksairaj Rankireddy, Chirag Shetty vs Christopher Grimley, Matthew Grimley (Scotland)

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