The third-ranked Indian duo defeated the fifth-seeded Japanese pair 21-14, 21-17 in under 40 minutes.
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Indian Men’s Doubles Pair Secures Semifinal Spot at Korea Open Super 500
Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty, a renowned Indian men’s doubles team, defeated Takuro Hoki and Yugo Kobayashi Yeosu (Japan) in straight games on Friday to advance to the semifinals of the Korea Open Super 500 competition.
The third-seeded Indian pair, ranked third in the world, defeated the fifth-seeded Japanese pair 21-14, 21-17, in under 40 minutes.
The 2021 men’s doubles world champions from China, Wei Keng Liang and Chang Wang, will compete against Satwik and Chirag as the second seeds.
Following the early departures of players like Kidambi Srikanth, PV Sindhu, and HS Prannoy, among others, Satwik and Chirag are currently representing India in the event.
It was a close match until the opening six points until the Indians took the lead by scoring four consecutive points in their first competition since winning the Indonesia Open Super 1000 last month.
Indian Duo’s Comeback Victory Secures Semifinal Spot at Korea Open
Once in the lead, Satwik and Chirag were able to maintain their advantage and comfortably win the opening game.
In the second game, the Indians got out to a sluggish start and fell down 3-6, but they picked up their play just in time to rally and score six straight points to take a 14-9 lead.
But the Japanese couple wasn’t about to give up without a fight. They were able to tie the game at 16-16 by playing aggressively and taking advantage of several unforced mistakes by the Indians.
However, Satwik and Chirag increased their speed to win the match and guarantee their position in the final four at that time.