Some cheers for India as the duo outplayed their senior competitors Manu Attri and Sumeeth Reddy by 21-17, 21-11 to enter the semifinals.
While India’s singles campaign came to a disappointing halt, the men’s doubles pair Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty stormed into the semifinals of the French Open BWF Tour Super 750 tournament. The pair was successful in breaking the jinx and proved too good to their seniors in an all-Indian quarterfinal.
Rankireddy and Shetty easily won the game by 21-17, 21-11 score line in a minute over the half-hour mark, thus qualifying for a semi-final match on Saturday with the top-seeded Indonesian pair Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo. With this game, the winning duo took their sweet revenge at the hands of Attri and Reddy, where they lost to the latter at Indian Nationals in November 2017.
Both the Indian pairs have been playing explicably well for quite some time now. Attri and Reddy were in their best form as they made a slashing win against the third-seeded Chinese pair Zhang Nan and Liu Cheng by 21-14, 21-16, in the previous round.
Also, Rankireddy and Shetty had crashed out China’s He Jiting and Tan Qiang by an impressive 21-13, 21-19 scoreline. This outstanding performance by both Indian pairs is witnessing the emergence of double pair champions in the country.
While this will now be the first ever French Open semifinal for the duo, they are also the last Indians who are still in the competition at this super series tournament.
The winning duo are now the only saving grace for India, as the singles stars including Saina, Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth were unable to pull off their respective quarterfinal matches.
Saina Nehwal failed to put up a jinx-breaking action against her tough competitor World No.1 Tai Zu Ying, who had earlier met the Indian shuttler in the Denmark Open Final last week.
The Hyderbad star shuttler PV Sindhu has been facing quite a difficult year, lost to China’s Hi Bingjiao in a 40-minute encounter. Sindhu was recentky ranked World No.2 in the Badminton World Federation rankings, which came out on Thursday.
Another sharp disappointment was Kidambi Srikanth, who faced a crashing defeat by World champion Kento Momota of Japan. While Srikanth put up a pacy game action, it was Momota’s cleverly played overhead sideline smashes that made him victorious.
Stay tuned, as the duo Rankireddy and Chirag play their semifinals against top-seeded Indonesian pair Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo on Saturday evening.