Indian pair MR Arjun, Dhruv Kapila move into quarterfinals in Badminton World Championships to be played in Tokyo.
Tokyo: The Indian men’s doubles pairing of Dhruv Kapila and MR Arjun were down to the barrel after losing the first set. But they regained confidence and made a sensational comeback to win the match, 18-21, 21-15, and 21-16, and move into their first ever men’s doubles quarterfinals of the Badminton World Championships to be played in Tokyo.
The Singaporean pair of KH Loh and H Terry were outstanding in the opening game. The superb all-round play in the next two sets by the Indian pair changed the complexion of the match. The Indian pair were on top of their game. Their perfect attacking and defensive games made it difficult for the opponents to come back. They realised their initial mistakes and showed their class in the next two games and clinched the match.
The Indian pair were jubilant after the victory. Dhruv Kapila jumped with joy, punching the air while his partner fell to the ground in happiness. It was really a hard-fought battle, which in the end went into the kitty of the Indian pair. Arjun and Kapila will have to face the strong third-seeded Indonesian pair of Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan in the quarterfinals. The two enjoyed a good run in the tournament.
They had upset eighth seeds and last edition’s bronze medallists, Kim Astrup and Anders Skaarup Rasmussen of Denmark, 21-17, 21-16, in their second-round match.
Later in the day, Saina Nehwal and the men’s doubles duo of Satwiksairaj Rankeyreddy and Chirag Shetty will be in action in their pre-quarterfinals, while Lakshya Sen and HS Prannoy are set to meet each other in an all-Indian affair in their last 16 clash.