Americans defeated in men’s doubles group play

2015 BWF World Championship

Competing in their first Olympics and first men’s doubles match in Rio, Phillip Chew and Sattawat Pongnairat struggled mightily against Nan Zhang and Fu Haifeng, the #4 ranked men’s doubles pairing in the world.

The Americans lost thoroughly 21-6 and 21-7, losing the match 2-0. At one point, the Americans were down by fifteen points in each separate match.

Chew and Pongnairat will look to regroup and aim for a victory on Friday morning when they square off against Shem V Goh and Kiong Wee Tan from Malaysia at 7:25 AM ET.

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