Indonesia Open | Indonesia Open: Chirag-Satwik in semi-finals, Srikanth out

Photo: Badminton Association of India Jakarta. India’s Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty stormed into the semi-finals of the Indonesia Open World Tour Super 1000 event with a straight-game win over top seeds Fajar Alfiyan and Muhammad Riyan Ardianto in the men’s doubles quarterfinals, here on Friday. World Championship silver medalist Kidambi Srikanth, however, crashed out of the men’s singles competition after losing to China’s Li Shi Feng in the quarterfinals. The Indian went down 14-21 21-14 12-21 to the world number 10 in a hard-fought match that lasted one hour and nine minutes. With this win, Feng avenged his previous loss to Srikanth. In two matches between the two players, both have registered one win each. The seventh seeded pair of Satwik and Chirag did not have much trouble in defeating the Indonesian men’s doubles pair. Asian champions Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty defeated world no. 1 home-favourite men’s doubles duo of Fajar Alfian and Muhammad Rian Ardianto of Indonesia 21-13, 21-13 in quarterfinals to enter the last-4 at the ongoing Indonesia Open 2023 on Friday. (Pic: Badminton… — ANI (@ANI) June 16, 2023 The Indian pair won the match 21-13 21-13 in 41 minutes. Satwik and Chirag face Korea in the semi-finals The winners of the quarter-finals between Ki’s Min Hyuk Kang and Seung Jae Seo and Indonesia’s Leo Roli Carnando and Daniel Marthin will challenge. Both Srikanth and Feng, ranked 22nd in the men’s singles world rankings, are unseeded in the event. Feng took a 2-0 lead in the opening set but made a series of unforced errors after that. The Chinese took an 11-7 lead at the break in the first game. Feng continued to lead after that. And the first game was not easily taken. Read also The beginning of the second game saw an equal fight between the two players but Srikanth soon found his old rhythm and took an 11-6 lead at the break. He continued to play aggressively. Won the game. However, he could not maintain the momentum in the third game as Feng raced to an 11-6 lead. The Chinese needed medical attention during the break. He then took to the court with a bandage on his left foot but his game did not suffer. Feng won the third game by a huge margin of 21-12 to book a place in the semi-finals. (agency)

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