The 12-match winning streak came to an end as the Indian duo Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty lost in the quarter-finals of the Japan Open 2023. They recently won the Korea Open in Yeosu as they defeated the World No.1 Fajar Alfian and Muhamad Rian Ardianto after losing the first set.
They won four titles in the 2023 tour, which is their best season so far, but in the end, they lost against Lee Yang and Wang Chi-Lin by 15-21, 25-23, and 16-21 to end their 12-match winning streak. The Chinese Taipei duo is the Olympic champion, but still, the ranked number two duo gave them a tough fight and even won the 2nd set of the match.
The match between both went on for around 1 hour and 10 minutes, in which Chinese Taipei took the first set by winning 15-21, but then the Indian duo fought back and took the second set, which was a close game and in the end won the set by 25-23. The Third set was clearly dominated by the Olympic Champions, who won it by 16-21 to enter the semi-final round of the Japan Open.
Their next match is against the World No. 1 Fajar Alfian and Muhamad Rian Ardianto, who lost the final of the Korea Open against the India Duo, Rankireddy, and Shetty. It will be an existing match for them, but the ranked first duo seems to have the upper hand.
Lashkya Sen dominated his quarter-final match against the home player Koki Watanabe and won the match in a straight set by 21-15 and 21-19. He is ranked 13 in the world tennis right now in the men’s singles category and formerly world no 1 in the junior male category. Kiko Watanabe is ranked 33 in the world, and it was clearly seen that he was the weaker player compared to the Indian shuttler.
Lashkya will go up against Jonatan Christie, who is ranked 9 currently, but his highest ranking was 2 in January 2023. It is going to be hard for the Indian shuttler to face off against a tall and skillful player like Christie.
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