6:45 PM IST: Curtains for Indian badminton players at Toyota Thailand Open
Day 5 of the Toyota Thailand Open marked the end of Indian badminton players' run at the Bangkok event.
In the first match of the day involving Indians, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty lost in straight games to the Malaysian pair of Aaron Chia and Soh Wooi Yik in the men's doubles semi-finals.
In the following mixed-doubles match up involving Satwik and Ashwini Ponnappa, the Indian duo put up a much stronger resistance but eventually went down 20-22, 21-18, 12-21.
Overall, the game was good for us because we haven't been able to train and I'm happy that our partnership has gotten a lot better during this tournament. - Ashwini Ponnappa
I'm happy with the performance today. The quality of the last two games were good. I think we have played one of the best matches of our careers against these [Puavaranukroh/Taerattanachai] top players. We couldn't even practice before coming here. We just wanted to play. We gave it a good fight today, it was very close. - Satwiksairaj Rankireddy.
6:25 PM IST: Satwik-Ponnappa crash out
The Indians, unfortunately, lost their rhythm after the restart. The Thai pair's extensive big-game experience was in play here as they wrap up the third set 21-12.
Disappointing end to the match for Satwik and Ponnappa.
Score: Satwik/Ponnappa 20-22, 21-18, 12-21 Dechapol/Sapisree
6:17 PM IST: Anybody's match
The Thais do hold an 11-9 lead in the first game, but Satwik-Ponnappa are still very much in with a chance. The match may be decided by which team holds their nerves better.
Score: Satwik/Ponnappa 20-22, 21-18, 9-11 Dechapol/Sapisree
6:05 PM IST: Satwik-Ponnappa take the match to the decider
The Indians have come back roaring. With their backs against the wall, Satwik-Ponnappa turned the tables at the crucial juncture and have levelled up the match at 1-1. Superb showing by the Indian pair.
Score: Satwik/Ponnappa 20-22, 21-18 Dechapol/Sapisree
5:55 PM IST: Thais in firm control
Dechapol and Sapisree have been in their element in the second game. The Thai combination's brilliant shuttle placement has kept the Indians guessing and on the backfoot.
Score: Satwik/Ponnappa 20-22, 6-11 Dechapol/Sapisree
5:45 PM: Satwik-Ponnappa goes a game down
A brief lapse of concentration by the Indians saw them go 14-10 down. Satwik and Ponnappa, however, rallied late on to save three game points but eventually went down 22-20 to the Thai pair.
Score: Satwik/Ponnappa 20-22 Dechapol/Sapisree
5:35 PM IST: Close game so far
Satwik and Ponnappa have matched almost everything the top-seeded Thai opponents have thrown at them so far. The Thais go into the first game's midway break leading by a point but it has been a very closely contested game so far.
Score: Satwik/Ponnappa 10-11 Dechapol/Sapisree
5:20 PM IST: Satwik-Ponnappa's mixed-doubles match next
Both the Indian and Thai teams have taken the court for their mixed doubles semi-final clash. Just minutes away from the action.
Score: Satwik/Ponnappa 0-0 Dechapol/Sapisree
4:30 PM IST: Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Ashwini Ponnappa vs Dechapol Puavaranukroh and Sapsiree Taerattanachai head-to-head
The Indian mixed doubles pair went up against their Thai counterpart two times in the past and lost both.
The first time they met was at the 2018 Asian Games Round of 32. Dechapol-Sapisree won that match 27-25, 21-16.
The two teams met again a year later at the 2019 Japan Open. The Thais got the upper hand yet again by a 21-16, 21-17 margin. Can the Indian duo curb the trend today?
3:30 PM IST - Satwik-Ponnappa may face Seo Seung Jae-Chae YuJung in mixed doubles final
If Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Ashwini Ponnappa manage to get past their top-seeded opponents in mixed doubles today, they will go up against the South Korean duo - Seo Seung Jae and Chae YuJung - in the final.
The fourth seeds beat Malaysia's Hoo Pang Ron and Cheah Yee See 21-17, 21-6 in the semi-finals to progress to the title decider.
2:50 PM IST - Despite loss, Chirag and Satwik looking at the positives
India's Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy were disappointed to have lost their chance to reach the final, but were happy with their performances overall.
Watch what they had to say below:
2:00 PM IST: Satwiksairaj Rankireddy/Chirag Shetty vs Aaron Chia/Soh Wooi Yik highlights
Watch all the key moments from Chirag and Satwik's men's doubles match below:
1:15 PM: Ponnappa and Satwik India's last stand at Toyota Thailand Open
Chirag and Satwik's exit from men's doubles leaves the mixed doubles team of Ashwini Ponnappa and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy as the only remaining Indian challengers in the competition.
Can the Indian duo make it to the final?
We didn't control the shuttle. We tried to pick things up in the second game. They [Chia/Woh Wooi Yik] are more experienced players. They made the All England finals in 2019. We fought for each point and maybe we could have been calmer. We're disappointed but happy to play in the semifinals. - Satwiksairaj Rankireddy
We are happy to play in the semi-finals, but we didn't play our best today. We couldn't score points on our service but we were receiving well. I think if we'd been able to take a few points and converted the first game, the scenario would have been a lot different. - Chirag Shetty
12:27 PM IST: Chirag-Satwik bow out of men's doubles
The Malaysians only turned up the heat after the restart and raced to a 20-14 lead. With their backs against the wall, the Indians tried to mount a spirited comeback and saved four match points to make it very uncomfortable for Chia and Yik.
However, in an exciting final rally, Chirag found the net while trying to lift a smash handing the Malaysians an impressive victory.
Score: Chirag/Satwik 18-21, 18-21 Chia/Yik
12:20 PM IST: Chirag-Satwik on the backfoot
Chirag-Satwik have shown a lot of adventure in the second game but the Malaysians have held their lines well, frustrating the Indians and forcing them into making errors.
Chia and Yik look to be firmly on the driver's seat. Can Chirag and Satwik turn things around?
Score: Chirag/Satwik 18-21, 8-11 Chia/Yik
12:10 PM IST: Advantage Chia-Yik
The pace of the match has quickened drastically. Chirag and Satwik did pick up some impressive points with their powerful down-the-line smashes, but the Malaysians looked more consistent overall and won the first game.
Do-or-die for the Indians in the second game.
Score: Chirag/Satwik 18-21 Chia/Yik
12:00 PM IST: Neck-and-neck so far
Almost nothing to choose between the two pairs going into the first mid-game break, with Chia and Yik enjoying just a single point advantage.
The Indians and Malaysians have gone toe-to-toe throughout the early phases of the match.
Score: Chirag/Satwik 10-11 Chia/Yik
11:50 AM IST: Chirag-Satwik on the court
The Indian duo has arrived on Court 1 for their semi-final. It will be the Malaysians who will be serving first.
Score: Chirag/Satwik 0-0 Chia/Yik
11:40 AM IST: Lee Yang and Wang Chi-Lin await in the final
If Chirag and Satwik manage to progress, they will be up against Chinese Taipei's Lee Yang and Wang Chi-Lin in the men's doubles final.
Yang and Chi-Lin are the team in form and won the Yonex Thailand Open men's doubles title last week. They beat the Indonesian second seeds Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan 14-21, 22-20, 21-12 in the Toyota Thailand Open semis to make it to their second final on the trot.
11:25 AM IST: Satwiksairaj Rankireddy/Chirag Shetty vs Aaron Chia/Soh Wooi Yik head-to-head
The Indian duo of Satwik-Chirag has gone up against the Malaysian pair only once in the past.
Chia and Yik lead the head-to-head 1-0, having got the better of Satwik and Chirag at the India International Challenge 2017 quarter-finals. The Indian duo, however, has progressed leaps and bounds since then.
10:50 AM IST: Indian shuttlers look to make men’s and mixed doubles finals at Toyota Thailand Open
Satwiksairaj Rankireddy will be in action in both of India's matches of the day. First up, Satwik will be partnering Chirag Shetty for the men's doubles semi-finals.
The Thailand Open 2019 men's doubles champions, on Friday, beat the Malaysian team of Ong Yew Sin and Teo Ee Yi to earn a spot in the semi-finals.
In the top four, Chirag and Satwik will be eyeing to power through another Malaysian pair of Aaron Chia and Soh Wooi Yik to secure a spot in the final. Chia-Yik are the eight-seeds in men's doubles.
In India's second match of the day, Satwik and his mixed doubles partner Ashwini Ponnappa will square up against the Thai top seeds - Dechapol Puavaranukroh and Sapsiree Taerattanachai.
Satwik and Ponnappa will have their tails up after beating Rio 2016 silver medallists Chan Peng Soon and Goh Liu Ying of Malaysia in the quarter-finals.
The Indian duo showed a lot of character to come from behind in the last match and become the first Indian mixed doubles pairing to reach the semi-finals of a Super-1000 event. They will be looking to replicate much of the same against the top-rated Thais on Saturday.
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