Fazriq-Bryan go down fighting to Indonesian pair in Sri Lanka final

Better luck next time: Bryan Goonting (left) and Fazriq Razif played together for the first time at the Sri Lanka Challenge.

PETALING JAYA: It was one step short for shuttlers Fazriq Razif-Bryan Goonting at the Sri Lanka International Challenge as they failed to seal the win in the men’s doubles final yesterday.

Pairing for the first time in a tournament, Fazriq-Bryan faced Indonesia’s Rahmat Hidayat-Yeremia Erich in the finals in Galle, Sri Lanka.

The Malaysians’ start to the match seemed promising, winning the first game 21-18.

But the Indonesian duo bounced back in the second and third games 21-15, 21-15 to claim the title.

Rahmat-Yeremia had made their way into the finals by taking down other Malaysian men’s doubles pair Aaron Tai-Kang Khai Xing in the semi-finals, winning the match 16-21, 21-15, 21-13.

In the men’s singles, India’s Kartikey Gulshan Kumar triumphed over compatriot Rithvik Sanjeevi Satish Kumar 21-18, 21-17 to win the tournament.

It was also an all-Indian meet in the women’s singles as Isharani Baruah gained the upper hand over Rakshitha Sree Santosh Ramraj as she won 22-20, 21-14.

The women’s doubles match was an encounter between Thailand’s Pichamon Phatcharaphisutsin-Nannapas Sukklad and Indian sisters Rutaparna Panda-Swetaparna Panda with the Thai pair winning 21-12, 21-14.

The mixed doubles event was also an Indian-Thailand meeting but India’s Ashith Surya-Amrutha Pramuthesh won the game against Thais Phuwanat Horbanluekit-Chasinee Korepap 21-15, 21-13.

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