Malaysia Open 2024: Twitter Reacts as Ashwini Ponnappa and Tanisha Crasto storm into the quarterfinals of women's doubles

The second game was quite one-sided. The Indians struggled to execute their typical aggressive style and had some mishaps.

Ashwini Ponnappa and Tanisha Crasto in a file photo (Image Credit- X)
By Pushkar Pandey | Jan 11, 2024 | 2 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

Ashwini Ponnappa and Tanisha Crasto, India’s women’s doubles team, pulled off a stunning win at the Malaysia Open 2024 on Thursday. They took down the former number-one duo from Japan, Wakana Nagahara and Mayu Matsumoto, with scores of 21-19, 13-21, 21-15. With this victory, the 24th-ranked Indian pair advanced to the quarterfinals, after previously defeating the American team of Allison Lee and Corbett 21-13, 21-16 in the opening round. The match against the Japanese team started close with both teams tied at 6-6 in the first game.

But the Indian pair managed to pull ahead with a small lead of 10-6. Despite some twists where the 9th-ranked Japanese team caught up to 16-16, Ashwini and Tanisha kept their cool and wrapped up the game at 21-19. The second game wasn’t in India’s favor as they couldn’t play their usual aggressive style and slipped up a few times. However, in the third game, it was a different story. Tied at 9-9, the Indian duo stepped up their game, cut down on mistakes, and clinched the match at 21-15.

This win is a big deal, especially since it’s the year to qualify for the Paris 2024 Olympics, and Ashwini and Tanisha are ranked 24th worldwide. If they can crack the top 15, they’ll be packing their bags for the Olympics. Earlier in the tournament, Kidambi Srikanth also surprised everyone by defeating Jonatan Christie from Indonesia in the men’s singles first round. He’s scheduled to face Ka Long Angus of Chinese Taipei later today.

How did Twitter react to Ashwini Ponnappa and Tanisha Crasto storm?

The Twitter community was thrilled to see Ashwini Ponnappa and Tanisha Crasto competing against a team from Japan. The Indian badminton player demonstrated impressive skill and power while dominating the game. They both unexpectedly wowed everyone with their talents and expertise. Unsurprisingly, social media buzzed with excitement as people shared their joy over the win and the gripping match. Listed below are the top Twitter reactions:

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