The Indian men's doubles pair of Satwik Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty stunned world rank 1 pair Fajar Alfian and Muhammad Adrianto of Indonesia to reach the semi-finals of Indonesia Open 2023 on Friday.
The Indian pair defeated the home favourites in straight games 21-13, 21-13.
Currently ranked number 5 in the world, Satwik/Chirag came determined from the first shot to win as Chirag Shetty scored the first point off an aggressive winner.
The Indian duo started with a lead of 4-0 before the Indonesian pair found some rhythm and made it 3-5. Chirag struck two consecutive winners to lead 11-7 at the mid-game break.
Although there was no stopping the Indian pair after the break as they raced to a lead of 14-7 aided by some fierce strokeplay.
The top-seeded pair tried to make a comeback by taking fives to make the scoreline 12-17 but Satwik/Chirag took four consecutive points to win the first game 21-13.
The second game started more balanced with the Indonesian pair leading for the first time but the Indian pair never lost control of the match and tied it at 7-7.
Chirag Shetty smashed twice and Satwik deceived the Indonesian pair with his drops to lead 11-7 at the mid-game break.
After the break, the Indian duo came out for the kill and started taking points with their winners. The Indonesian pair tried to make a comeback but from a lead of 17-12, the Indian pair finished the game to silence the Istora Senyan.
Coming on the back of two early-round exits in previous tournaments, the Indian duo has found their rhythm and will face the winners of Kang Min Hyuk/ Seo Seung Jae and Leo Rolly Carnando/ Daniel Marthin in the semi-finals tomorrow.