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China Open: Ponnapa-Rankireddy enter main draw

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China Open: Ponnapa-Rankireddy enter main draw Representational image

Fuzhou (China): The mixed doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Ashwini Ponnappa qualified for to the main draw of the China Open Superseries Premier event after two fighting victories in the qualifiers, here on Tuesday.

Ponnappa and Rankireddy got past Chinese Taipei's Lee Jhe-Huei and Wu Ti Jung 24-22, 21-7 before edging out the Danish combine of Niclas Nohr and Sara Thygesen 21-16, 19-21, 22-20.

The Indians face another Danish duo, Mathias Christiansen and Christinna Pedersen, in the first round of the main draw on Wednesday.

Leading Indian women's players Saina Nehwal and P V Sindhu will also be in action on Wednesday.

Saina takes on Beiwen Zhang of the US at 9.45 am (IST).

Sindhu opens her campaign against Japan's Sayaka Sato at 6.45 pm (IST).

H S Prannoy meets South Korea's Lee Dong Keun at 5.15 pm (IST) in men's singles.

World No. 2 Kidambi Srikanth had pulled out of the tournament with a muscle strain.

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