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Satwiksairaj and Chirag enter BWF China Open semis
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Satwiksairaj and Chirag enter BWF China Open semis

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Fuzhou (China), Nov 8: Continuing their brilliant run in the tournament, Indian men's star doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty entered the semi-finals of the ongoing BWF China Open after beating World No 3 pair of Li Jun Hui and Liu Yu Chen, here on Friday.

The Indian duo defeated the former world champions 21-19, 21-15 in the quarter-final clash which lasted for 43 minutes at the Haixia Olympics Sports Center.

The pair of Satwik and Chirag took a 3-0 lead in the first game and conceded it only once at 17-16. Both of them showed amazing reflexes and took the first game 21-19.

In the second game, the Chinese opponents tried to take the match into the decider but Satwik and Chirag applied an aggressive approach and won the game 21-15 to register their second straight win against their Chinese opponents.

The World No 9 Indian pair will now face top-ranked Indonesian pair of Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo and Marcus Fernaldi Gideon who defeated German double of Marks Lamsfuss and Marvin Seidel 21-14, 21-19 to make it to the last four.

Earlier, Satwik and Chirag had defeated the Japanese pair of Hiroyuki Endo-Yuta Watanabe 21-18, 21-23, 21-11 in an intense second-round clash which lasted for 66 minutes. Before that, the Indian duo had triumphed upon American pair of Phillip Chew and Ryan Chew 21-9 21-15.

Satwik and Chirag are the lone Indians left in the fray in the ongoing tournament. (UNI)