Chirag Shetty-Satwik Rankireddy beat the Chinese pair of Li Junhui-Liu Yu Chen 21-19, 21-15 to enter men’s doubles semi-finals of the China Open on Friday. The Indian men’s doubles pair had earlier beaten Li Junhui-Liu Yu Chen in the Thailand Open 2019. Chirag Shetty-Satwik Rankireddy have now taken a 2-1 lead in the head-to-head record against Li Junhui-Liu Yu Chen. The pair of Chirag Shetty-Satwik Rankireddy had earlier lost the final of French Open 2019 to top seeds Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo of Indonesia.
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 and clinched consecutive points to close the game and win the match in 43 minutes.
Chirag Shetty-Satwik Rankireddy will take on the top seeded Indonesian pair of Marcus Fernaldi Gideon-Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo in the semi-finals.
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