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Fuzhou China Open 2019 Semi-Finals Highlights: Satwik-Chirag settle for bronze after semi-final exit

Fuzhou China Open 2019 Semi-Finals, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy-Chirag Shetty vs Marcus Gideon-Kevin Sanjaya highlights: Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty lost their semi-final match 16-21, 20-22

By: Sports Desk | Updated: November 9, 2019 4:33:56 pm
Fuzhou China Open 2019 highlights: Satwik-Chirag settle for bronze

Fuzhou China Open 2019 Semi-Finals highlights: The Indian pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty settled for bronze as they lost their semi-final match of Fuzhou China Open against Indonesia’s Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya 16-21, 20-22 at the Haixia Olympics Sports Center in Fuzhou, China on Saturday.

Despite giving a neck-to-neck fight to their opponent, the Indonesians fought back in both the games after trailing in the initial phase. The first match was won comfortably by them by a margin of 5 points, however, both Chirag and Satwik looked more aggressive in the second.

The pair after winning the Thailand Open earlier this year also secured silver at the French Open last month.

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Fuzhou China Open 2019 Semi-Finals highlights:

16:14 (IST)09 Nov 2019
Satwik-Chirag bow out of Fuzhou China Open 2019

Despite putting up a brilliant show, the Indian pair of Satwik-Chirag bow out of Fuzhou China Open 2019 as they lose their semi-final match against Indonesian top seeds Marcus-Kevin 21-16, 22-20 in straight games. The final moments of the match were quite competitive from both ends. The Indians at one stage were leading by a solitary point but the Indonesian managed to bounce back at the right time. Pushing the Indians into the corner, Marcus-Kevin failed to save one match point but successfully converted the other.  

16:06 (IST)09 Nov 2019
Can  Satwik-Chirag keep the momentum

The Indian pair currently have a one-point advantage and if they want to remain in the competition they have to win this second game. Can  Satwik-Chirag keep the momentum and push the match into the third game. Current scoreline: Satwik-Chirag 16-21 Marcus-Kevin (GAME 1)  | Satwik-Chirag 16-15 Marcus-Kevin (GAME 2) 

16:01 (IST)09 Nov 2019
Sensational stuff by Satwik!

Another great contest going on between the Indians and the Indonesians. And this time Satwiksairaj Rankireddy is pushed onto the ground by incoming body smashes, but he won't give up so easily. He goes to the ground and continues to return the shots and finally an error by the Indonesian pair as Satwik-Chirag earns a vital point. Satwik-Chirag 16-21 Marcus-Kevin (GAME 1)  | Satwik-Chirag 9-9 Marcus-Kevin (GAME 2)     

15:56 (IST)09 Nov 2019
52-shot rally!

Arguably the best rally of the match, as a total of 52 shots were played in it. It all started with the Indians continuously smashing and the Indonesian pair keeping their cool and defending them craftily.  In the end,  Satwik's return hits the net and drops in their court. But what a rally!  Satwik-Chirag 16-21 Marcus-Kevin (GAME 1)  | Satwik-Chirag 3-2 Marcus-Kevin (GAME 2)  

15:50 (IST)09 Nov 2019
Satwik-Chirag go down in GAME 1

Despite leading early in the initial phase, Satwik-Chirag go down 21-16 in GAME 1. The Indian pair could only manage to save one game point. The second game is underway and we hope for a comeback by Satwik-Chirag.  

15:46 (IST)09 Nov 2019
Agressive mode by Indian pair!

The Indian are adopting a more aggressive display after failing to hold onto the early lead. The gap is now reduced to two points with Chirag executing a brilliant body smash. Satwik-Chirag 15-17 Marcus-Kevin

15:44 (IST)09 Nov 2019
Chirag-Satwik deal with smashes comfortably!

Two back-to-back smashes by the Indonesian pair but both Chirag and Satwik deal with it comfortably. The Indian pair is looking to bounce back as they are currently trailing by 4 points. Satwik-Chirag 12-16 Marcus-Kevin 

15:40 (IST)09 Nov 2019
Neck-to-neck battle!

A neck-to-neck battle can be witnessed at the Haixia Olympics Sports Center. The Indonesian pair are getting into the groove and they have now taken a two-point lead over the Indian pair.  Satwik-Chirag 9-11 Marcus-Kevin     

15:35 (IST)09 Nov 2019
Satwik-Chirag start on a positive note

Satwik-Chirag are ruling the proceedings with some powerful smashes and good cross-court display. They have a one-point lead. Can they maintain the advantage?  Satwik-Chirag 5-4 Marcus-Kevin  

15:32 (IST)09 Nov 2019

The semi-final match between Satwik-Chirag and Marcus-Kevin is underway at the Haixia Olympics Sports Center in Fuzhou, China. Kevin Sanjaya will start the proceedings against Satwiksairaj Rankireddy.    

15:26 (IST)09 Nov 2019
Next up: Satwik-Chirag vs Marcus-Kevin

The women's semi-final action is wrapped up as China's Chen YU Fei defeats Canada's Michelle Li 20-22, 21-8, 21-17 to advance to the finals of the tournament. She will meet Japan's Nozomi Okuhara in the finals.

It's time to cheer for our young pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty as they will now take the court against Indonesia's Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya.  

15:17 (IST)09 Nov 2019

The Indian pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty after winning the Thailand Open earlier this year displayed a gallant show at the recently-concluded French Open. The pair etched their names in the history book by becoming the first-ever Indian men's doubles pair to reach a World Tour 750 final.

On their way to the semi-finals at Fuzhou China Open 2019, the duo defeated World Rank 3 and reigning World Championships bronze medalist LiJunhui and LiuYuchen in the quarterfinals 21-19, 21-15.

15:10 (IST)09 Nov 2019
Women's semi-final action!

The women's semi-final match between China's Chen YU Fei and Canada's Michelle Li is currently going on at the Haixia Olympics Sports Center in Fuzhou, China. The match is into the third game with the Chinese leading 11-10. The first game was won by Michelle Li 22-20, while her opponent bounced back in the second game, overpowering her opponent 21-8. The men's doubles semi-final action will kick-off after this match. Stay tuned!  

14:50 (IST)09 Nov 2019
Hello and welcome!

Hello and welcome to the live commentary of the Fuzhou China Open Men's Doubles semi-final between Satwiksairaj Rankireddy-Chirag Shetty and top seeds Marcus Fernaldi Gideon-Kevin Sanjaya. Stay tuned!