India Open 2024: Doubles Pair Satwiksairaj-Chirag, Prannoy HS March Into Semifinals

India Open 2024: Doubles Pair Satwiksairaj-Chirag, Prannoy HS March Into Semifinals

Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty will face Malaysian doubles pair of Wooi Yik and Aaron Chia, while Prannoy HS will lock horns with Shi Yu Qui of China in semifinals

ANIUpdated: Saturday, January 20, 2024, 09:24 AM IST
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India's Asian Games 2022 gold medallists Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy alongside bronze medallist HS Prannoy recorded contrasting victories and moved into the semi-finals of the India Open 2024 at the Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium here on Friday.

While Chirag-Satwik registered a dominating 21-7, 21-10 victory against Kim Astrup and Anders Rasmussen of Denmark, Prannoy had to fight hard to secure his maiden semi-final berth of the tournament by defeating Wang Tzu Wei of Chinese Taipei in a 21-11, 17-21, 21-18 win.

Going all-out attack, Chirag-Satwik began the opening game with a statement of intent by amassing a quick 11-3 lead. The former champions maintained that momentum against the fifth seed to claim the first game in a mere 16-minute span.

Prior to this match, the Danish duo had notched two consecutive victories against Chirag-Satwik. However, the World No.2 pair put an end to that run by scoring eight consecutive points in the second game to seal the victory and set up a highly anticipated clash with former World Champions Soh Wooi Yik and Aaron Chia of Malaysia.

It is not always a game where you are challenged skillfully - Chirag Shetty

Commenting on how they managed to secure the victory, Chirag Shetty asserted that Kim Astrup and Anders Rasmussen challenged him and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy skillfully and mentally.

"Against them (Kim and Anders), it is not always a game where you are challenged skillfully but it is also mentally. Whoever wins the mental battle comes out on top and today we did that quite well. We usually don't play such mind games, but today we made sure that we only receive and not play at their rhythm." Chirag said.

"The way we started off was in a convincing fashion and we kept it through the very end. We are really happy with the way we played and we want to keep the momentum for tomorrow as well and give 100%." he added.

Prannoy HS overcomes a tough battle against T.W. Wang

Similar to his compatriots, the World Championships 2023 bronze medallist Prannoy made a strong start against his Taiwanese opponent by winning a 26-point rally and set the tone for the game by establishing a 13-4 lead in the first game. Despite a brief resurgence from Wang, the eighth seed closed out the game quite effortlessly.

The second game saw a rejuvenated Wang taking a lead of 13-6, and though Prannoy tried to narrow the gap, the 28-year-old held on to force a tie-breaker.

There was not much that separated the two players in an intense third game. With the score tied at 16-16, Prannoy seized a two-point lead and ultimately claimed victory in an hour and 17 minutes to hand Wang his fourth quarterfinal exit at the tournament.

"I think it is always tough to play against somebody like Wang Tzu Wei, who is exceptionally good along the net and attack. It was important for me to get that first game because he is somebody who gets going right from the start. The second game didn't go really well but I am really proud of what I could do in the third game to fight back. Shi Yu Qi has been playing really well in the last six months and he looks pretty solid out there. So it is going to be tough physically and the major thing is to get the body ready for tomorrow," said HS Prannoy after his victory.

The World No.9 will face sixth-seeded Shi Yu Qui of China in the final four.

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