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Satwik-Chirag marches to China Open semi-final Badminton News

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FUZHOU: Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty continue their great run at China Open BWF Super-750 Tournament. On Friday, the Indians threw the 2018 world champions Li Jun Hui and Liu Yu Chen in straight games 21-19, 21-15 for their home crowd in Fuzhou.

This is the second consecutive victory for the Indians against the 2018 world champions. The young Indian duo dominated the local shuttlers in the 43-minute quarter flash. In the semifinals on Saturday the world Nr. 9 team up against world Nr. 1 pair Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo from Indonesia, who repressed Germans Mark Lamsfuss and Marvin Seidel 21-14, 21-19 in the other last eight clash. Satwik-Chirag lost the best seeds in the French Open final last month. The Indonesians enjoy a 7-0 & # 39; record & # 39; against the Indians.

Chirag told TOI that their game plan worked well against the Chinese. "I'm pretty happy with the way we played against the Chinese. The game plan worked pretty well for us. We defended very well today and that worked in our favor," Chirag said.

Chirag said: "We have played them seven times. We have not won against them. So we are not under pressure because they have nothing to lose. We have to make many changes to our game to beat them. We can't play the usual game we've played in the last two days. If we implement the game plan, we definitely have a chance against them. "

Satwik said they are pretty confident throughout the tournament. "We are playing pretty well in this tournament. We have a lot of confidence. But tomorrow it will be a different ball game against the Indonesians, because they are preparing well against us. We have to be strong both mentally and physically," Satwik said.

The two long Indians, who had previously trained under Kim Tan Her from South Korea, have sharpened their skills, especially their endurance under the new Indonesian coach Flandy Limpele.

On Friday, the first quarter-final match went to the wire before Satwik and Chirag increased their game to get past the third Chinese seed pair.

The Chinese, who had fallen by 11-15 at one point, made a great comeback and were even ahead of 17-16. The Indian boys, however, defended well and while Chirag guarded the net well, they remained on their nerves at crucial moments and the winners scored.

In the second game, there was little to distinguish between the two teams up to 12-12. At this time, the Indians continued to secure three straight points to gain the upper hand over the Chinese.

From the bottom half of the draw, Malaysians Aaron Chia and Soh Wooi Yik surprised world champions Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan of Indonesia 21-13, 22-20 while Japanese fourth seeds Takeshi Kamura and Keigo Sonoda Marcus Ellis and Chris Langridge of England drank 21-10 , 21-13.

. (tagsToTranslate) satwiksairaj rankireddy (t) Phillip Chew (t) Marvin Emil Seidel (t) marcus fernaldi gideon (t) kevin sanjaya sukamuljo (t) Chirag Shetty

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