Blog by: Suryakant Tripathi.
The Indian duo of Manu Attri and Sumeeth Reddy finished their 2016 Rio Olympics campaign on a winning note, beating the 8th ranked pairing of Kenichi Hayakawa and Hiroyuki Endo in straight games 23-21 21-10 in their Group D match on Saturday.
The Indian duo began the match on a blazing note, racing away to an 8-3 lead before the Japanese duo fought back to win the next 8 out of the 9 points straight and lead 11-9 at the break.
It seemed like they would race away with the game after the break, but at the 13-17 mark, the tide began to shift as Attri and Reddy started to claw their way back into the game. The gap narrowed down steadily and they finally made it 20-19 in their favour before holding their nerve to clinch the game 23-21.
The second game proved to be a completely one-sided affair as Attri and Reddy dominated from the word go, putting enormous pressure on their opponents to lead 11-5 at the break before winning the game 21-10 to end their campaign on a positive note.
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