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Rio Olympics: Shuttlers Attri, Reddy cruise to easy win

Sun, Aug 14, 2016, 06:07 AM
Related image Rio de Janeiro, Aug 14: Indian shuttlers Manu Attri and Sumeeth Reddy defeated Hiroyuki Endo and Kenichi Hayakawa of Japan in straight games in their final Group D match of the men's doubles competition at the Rio Olympics here.

The Indians, who had already crashed out of medal contention, fought off a spirited challenge by the Japanese duo in the opening game to win 23-21, 21-11 in just 34 minutes at the Riocentro Pavilion 4 here on Saturday.

Attri and Reddy were off to a superb start, opening up a comfortable 8-3 lead before the Japanese duo fought back to win eight of the next nine points to take a 11-9 lead at the break.

To their credit, the Indians continued to chip away at the deficit and eventually regained the lead at 20-19 before closing off the game and claim a 1-0 lead.

The second game was a completely one-sided affair as the Indians dominated proceedings with their powerful smashes and slick placements.

Attri and Reddy were enjoying a comfortable 11-5 lead at the break before claiming a well-deservrd victory to end their Olympic campaign on a positive note.
Agency: IANS
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