The Indian men’s doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty’s impressive run came to an end after they lost to three-time defending champions Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo of Indonesia in the semi-finals of USD 700,000 Fuzhou China Open in Fuzhou, China on Saturday.
The Indian duo opened up a 7-4 lead early on but they lacked the angles in their attack as their opponents managed to enter the break with an 11-9 lead after Satwik faltered with his return. Kevin was simply brilliant near the net as the Indonesian duo quickly jumped to 14-9. The Indonesian pair dominated the fast-paced rallies but Satwik and Chirag kept fighting to stay within an arm’s distance at 15-17
An error from Satwik gave their opponents five-game points. The Indians saved one before Chirag sent one to the net to concede the opening game. In the second game, Satwik and Chirag again had a 3-1 advantage before Marcus and Kevin clawed their way back and went neck-and-neck till 6-6.
The Indian pair moved to 9-8 and then Satwik displayed some immaculate defence during a long rally to grab another point. But the Indonesian pair again clawed their way back to be at 10-10 and then held one-point advantage with Kevin once again in action.