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French Open 2022: India's Satwik-Chirag duo beat world no.1 pair to enter the semifinals

Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy performed brilliantly in the men's doubles quarterfinal match at the French Open 2022 on Friday

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French Open 2022: India's Satwik-Chirag duo beat world no.1 pair to enter the semifinals | Sportz Point

Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy performed brilliantly in the men's doubles quarterfinal match at the French Open 2022 on Friday. The Indian pair defeated former world champions Takuro Hoki and Yugo Kobayashi of Japan to reach the semi-finals of the French Open 2022 BWF Super 750 badminton tournament. With this, the Indian challenge remains in the tournament.

Also read: French Open 2022: HS Prannoy suffers contrasting losses to bow out of the men's singles tournament

French Open 2022: India's Satwik-Chirag duo beat world no.1 pair to enter the semifinals | Sportz Point

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Tenth seeds Satwik-Chirag duo defeated top seeded Japanese players by 23-21, 21-18 in 49 minutes. Earlier, the Japanese pair became world champions in men's doubles in 2021.

The Indian pair made a strong start and quickly took a 20-16 lead. Nevertheless, Takuro Hoki and Yugo Kobayashi saved four game points to level the score at 20. However, the Indian team, the champions of the 2022 Commonwealth Games, maintained their composure and won the first game.

The second game was equally exciting. World number one men's pair took an 18-16 lead. But the Indian players won the match with five points in a row.

Chirag and Satwik had earlier this month also ousted the Japanese pair from the World Championships to win the bronze medal. Chirag and Satwik have played four matches against the Japanese pair and have won three. In the semi-final match, the Indian pair will face South Korea's Choi Sol Gyu and Kim Won Ho.

Meanwhile, HS Prannoy, who was currently ranked first for the BWF World Tour Finals in 2022, crashed out after losing 19-21, 22-20 and 19-21 to Lu Guang of China.

Also read: BWF World Rankings: PV Sindhu returns to the top 5 for the first time since 2019

On the other hand, Kidambi Srikanth lost his men's singles match against Rasmus Gemke of Denmark in the second round of the French Open 2022. Srikanth lost the match 21-19, 12-21 and 19-21 in one hour and fifteen minutes. While, Sameer Verma went down 21-18, 21-11 to Thailand's Kunlavut Vitidsarn. Earlier, Sameer defeated Tokyo 2020 bronze medalist Anthony Sinisuka Ginting.

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