Japan Open – Indian men reign supreme
Indian Surprise for Goh/Tan – Day 2: DAIHATSU YONEX Japan Open 2018
India’s Manu Attri and Sumeeth Reddy scored a memorable upset as they edged out Goh V Shem and Tan Wee Kiong in a thriller at the DAIHATSU YONEX Japan Open today
Indian men’s doubles pair of Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy beats Olympic silver medallists Goh V Shem and Tan Wee Kiong of Malaysia 15-21, 23-21, 21-19 to enter the #quarterfinals of the USD 700,000 #JapanOpen badminton tournament in #Tokyo
The first round Men’s Doubles bout went the way of the Indians, 15-21 23-21 21-19; Attri and Reddy now take on China’s He Jiting/Tan Qiang.
Goh and Tan, ranked No.11 to the Indians’ No.28, started strongly, holding their lead all the way to go a game ahead. From a position of strength at 13-8 in the second game, however, the Malaysians started to falter as Reddy and Attri chipped away at the lead. The Indians continued with their momentum, and even though the Malaysians saved three game points and had match point of their own, Reddy and Attri held firm to take the match to a decider.
The third game was neck-and-neck all the way, until Goh and Tan surged ahead at the end to hold a vital lead at 19-17. The Indians once again refused to give in, and stunned their higher-ranked opponents by taking the last three points to finish a memorable victory.
In the same quarter, No.4 seeds Liu Cheng/Zhang Nan (China) were upset by local duo Takuro Hoki/Yugo Kobayashi 21-14 21-18.