Indian men's doubles pair Satwik Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty overwhelmed world number 2 pair of Liang Wei Keng and Chang Wang of China in the semi-finals of Korea Open 2023.
The Indian pair won 21-15, 24-22 against the Chinese pair.
As it happened:
- 22 July 2023 8:57 AM GMT
Satwik-Chirag defeats Liang-Wang 21-15, 24-22 to seal a place in the men's doubles final. An amazing duel between the Indians and Chinese Liang-Wang in the second game, but Satwik-Chirag wins the match as the most dominant team. This is their first win against the world no. 2 Chinese pair.
- 22 July 2023 8:54 AM GMT
Mighty smash from Rankireddy, the Chinese pair has no answer, but they claw back to level the game 20-20. Yet, no respite for Liang-Wang, Satwik's flat body smash gives the Indians another match-point opportunity. Chinese foils it. The Indians concede three match points now. Liang-Wang continues to save their back.
Now, Rankireddy's over-the-net smash sees the Indians through to the final.
- 22 July 2023 8:45 AM GMT
Chinese pair is using smashes brilliantly. Rankireddy's return hits the net. The second game has been so close. Only one-point gap between the two sides.
- 22 July 2023 8:43 AM GMT
Liang-Wang reduces the gap to 12-14. Fantastic exchange of shuttle between the parings. Satwik-Chirag gives a great fight but concedes two consecutive points as Liang brings flat body smashes into good effect.
- 22 July 2023 8:37 AM GMT
Brillant defence by Chirag and supreme control at the net by Satwik enable the Indians to fight back to take an 11-8 lead in the second game interval.