Satwik Sairaj and chirag Shetty continue their giantkilling run and enter the semis of the China Open Super750 after defeating the world no. 3 ranked pair of Li Junhui and Liu Yuchen 21-19, 21-15.
This is their second straight win against former world champions Li/Liu. Last time their have beat Chinese pair in Thailand open.Indian pair have now taken a 2-1 lead in the head-to-head record against former world champion.
In the China Open quarter-finals, the first game remained neck and neck till the first eight points. The Indian pair however took a slender 15-13 advantage in the first game before winning it at 21-19.
The second game was closely fought contest till the first 12 points before Chirag Shetty-Satwik Rankireddy upped their tempo.
At 12-12, Satwik-Chirag won three straight points to make it 15-12. What was working for the Indians was how they were not giving away any easy angles to Li-Liu to work with and kept their flat strokes extremely tight. Chirag was absolutely brilliant at the net, playing extremely tight and spinning net shots to make it harder for the Chinese pair.
From that point on, the Chinese pair could just grab three points while Satwik-Chirag’s intelligent gameplay paid dividends as they took the match with a 21-15 win in the second game.
The World No. 9 Indian pair will now face top-ranked Indonesian pair of Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo and Marcus Fernaldi Gideon.
Satwiksairaj Rankireddy/Chirag Shetty has earlier beat world no 6 Japnese pair Hiroyuki ENDO/Yuta WATANABE 21-18,21-23,21-11 to reach QF.
Indian pair all set to enter top 8 next week
India pair is all set to enter top 8 of world ranking after this win. They will be rank 7 in world after next week Ranking.
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