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Korea Open 2023 Final Live Updates: Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty tackle Fajar Alfian and Muhammad Rian Ardianto

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This was Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty’s first win over the Chinese pair following two earlier defeats. (FILE)

In a blazing present of power-hitting mixed with canny placement, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty scored their first victory over China’s Liang Wei Keng-Wang Chang in three conferences, to win the Korea Open semifinals. The Indians will play high ranked Fajar Alfian and Muhamad Rian Ardianto within the closing – their fourth of the yr after the Swiss Open, Asian Championships and Indonesia Open, all of which they’ve received. The World No 3 Indians are on a 9-match win streak, and need to win again to again titles at Yeosu, Korea after the Super 1000 at Jakarta.

While all of the speak surrounds how arduous the Indians hit – and hit very arduous they do – Saturday was all about inciting anarchy in Chinese ranks hitting down the center with cross strokes. The Chinese have 27 wins from 34 matches this yr together with titles at Thailand and India Open, however had few solutions to the Indian assault on the day. The earlier two matches on the All England Round 2 and Malaysian semifinals had gone to 3 units however the Indians have been completely dominant of their 21-15, 24-22 win in 40 minutes.

“It had been a close match at All England too (21-19 in the third), but Chirag-Satwik are a much improved pairing now, more matured,” mentioned Pullela Gopichand who was within the coach’s chair on the day. “They are playing to each other’s strengths and hitting harder than anyone else,” he added. (READ MORE)