Bangkok: There has been a piece of good news following the sad news of Saina Nehwal, Srikanth and Kashyap's exit from the Thailand Open. The Indian men's doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty defeated Sung Hyun and Shin Bek Sheol of Korea in the semifinals of the Thailand Open here on Saturday. The non-seeded Indian duo defeated the 19th-ranked Korean pair of the last four in the world rankings 22-20, 22-24, 21-9 in the 63rd minute.
The 16th-ranked Indian duo has reached the final for the first time in the 2019 season, which will now have to overcome the challenge of Chinese duo Of China's Li Jun Hui and Liu Yu Chen on Sunday to become champions. The Chinese duo defeated the Japanese duo of Hiroyuki Endo and Yuta Vazanabe 21-13, 22-20 in the second semi-final.
In the first game, the Pair of Silver Medalists Rankireddy and Shetty won the first game, taking a 3-0 lead and then 11-10 at the break. After the break, the Indian players achieved the rhythm and took a 20-18 lead after equalizing the score 13-13. Hyun and Sheol scored two consecutive points to make it 20-20, but the Indian duo scored two consecutive points to clinch the first game.
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