India’s star men’s doubles duo of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty are on the verge of creating history as they stand a solid chance to be crowned Asian champions at the Badminton Asia Championships here on Sunday.
Satwik-Chirag will take on Malaysia’s world no. 8 combo of Ong Yew Sin and Teo Ee Yi in the summit clash. The two pairings have met six times previously, with both sides having three wins apiece, with the most recent duel coming at the Swiss Open semifinal, where the Indians prevailed in a three-setter.
Satwik-Chirag has been in great form and won all their matches at the Badminton Asia Championship in straight games, except the semifinals against Olympic champions Lee Yang and Wang Chi-Lin, who retired hurt midway second game after injuring the leg while going for an expensive lunge.
The world no 6 Indians led the proceeding, taking the first game at 21-18. They trailed 1-5 in the second game before coming up level and were in the midst of fast and furious exchanges. In a fast-paced game, the Chinese Taipei shuttlers had to retire from the match when Chin-Lin injured his leg.
The Indian combo, who claimed their first BWF World Tour title of the season at the Swiss Open in March, has had a seamless campaign in Dubai so far, with them winning the campaign opener 21-14, 21-17 against Malaysia’s Tan Kian Meng and Tan Wee Kiong. They followed it with yet another straight-game rout of Jin Yong and Na Sung Seung 21-13, 21-11 in the round of 16.
In the quarterfinals, up against their idols - Indonesians Mohammed Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan - Satwik-Chirag took merely thirty minutes to get past the world no. 3 Indonesian duo at 21-11, 21-12.
The Indians will start favourites today, given their splendid record in the tournament final - Satwik-Chirag did not lose a final when they made one in recent times. Their only defeat in a final came at the Commonwealth Games last year when India lost the mixed team gold medal match to Malaysia.
Ong Yew Sin and Teo Ee Yi, however, will be no pushover since they defeated former world no. 1 Bagas Maulana- Muhammad Shohibul Fikri and Japanese Takuro Hoki-Yugo Kobayashi in their last two outings en route to the final.
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