Satwiksairaj Rankireddy, Chirag Shetty enter Swiss Open semis

Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty
Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty carry Indian hopes. File photo: AFP/Phillip Fong

Basel: Dynamic Indian doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty entered the semifinals of the Swiss Open Super Series 300 badminton event defeating the Danish duo of Jeppe Bay and Lasse Molhede.

On Friday night, the Indians fought off the challenge in 54 minutes, winning 15-21, 21-11, 21-14.

They will face the Malaysian pair of Ong Yew Sin and Teo Ee Yi in the semifinals.

Satwik and Chirag are the only Indian contenders left in a tournament where the likes of P V Sindhu and Lakshya Sen suffered early defeats.

The Indian pair didn't have a great start as it lost the first game 15-21. The duo did pull things up in the middle of the game, reducing the deficit to just one point as they trailed 15-16.

However, the Danish pair won six consecutive points to wrap up the first game with ease.

The Indians picked up the tempo in the second game as they quickly got a seven-point cushion of 11-4 at the halfway break. They extended the lead to 10 points by the time parity was restored.

The third game started on an even keel but the Indians were fantastic at the net as they first got an 11-7 lead and then maintained a seven-point advantage till the end of the match to enter the last-four.

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