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Badminton Asia Championships 2023 Semi-Finals LIVE Updates: Rankireddy and Chirag move into Final, set up date with Malaysians for Gold

By Sportskeeda Desk | Last ModifiedApr 29, 2023 20:57 IST

Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty moved into the Final of the Badminton Asia Champions 2023 as they got the better of the Chinese Taipei pair of Lee Yang and Wang Chi-Ling! After winning the first game, it seemed to be a close contest but an unfortunate injury to Wang resulted in the Chinese Taipei pair retiring and conceding the match to the Indians. With this, Rankireddy and Chirag cement a spot in the Final! Join us back tomorrow for all the live action!

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20:57 (IST)29 APR 2023

Right then, a historic day for India surely as Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty have sealed a spot in the Final! Join us back tomorrow for all the live updates as the pair goes for Gold! Until then, this is me, Maanas Upadhyay, alongside Farzan Mohamed, bidding you adieu! Good night! 

20:47 (IST)29 APR 2023

Match Result! 

Satwiksairaj Rankireddy & Chirag Shetty beat Lee Yang & Wang Chi-Lin [RETIRED]
21-18 , 13-14*

What an exhibition of badminton we were being treated to and just when the game was getting interesting, an unfortunate injury to Wang Chi-Lin has seen the Chinese Taipei pair concede the match. It started off in grand fashion for the Indians, who fought through the initial tricky phase and got into their own to assume lead in the first game. They held onto it and made sure that they got over the line in the first game to assume a 1-0 lead. Looking to seal the deal, the Chinese Taipei players came back with a better mindset in the second game and just when it looked like this game would go down the wire, Wang stretched what seemed to be his hamstring, causing an unfortunate elimination for the pair. It was the usual attacking game from the Indians, who did not back down and played the attacking style of badminton they they have treated us to. They will now face Ong Yew Sin & Teo Ee Yi of Malaysia as they go for gold! Can they bring home the medal? Well, that's a question that shall be answered tomorrow.

20:45 (IST)29 APR 2023

Despite not going through by the best of circumstances, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty move onto the final! They will, even in the worst of situations, go home with a silver medal and that is something that the young pair will be mighty proud of! 

20:44 (IST)29 APR 2023

Well, he tries to take a little sprint but he grimaces in pain once again. He cannot continue and they've conceded the match! 

20:42 (IST)29 APR 2023

Lee is asking the physio and match officials to wait for a bit but the physio is firmly saying that he must not continue. After a wait, he's on his feet and he's trying to walk around through the pair. Seems to be alright and he'll continue!

20:41 (IST)29 APR 2023

OH DEAR! Wang seems to have pulled a muscle and is grimacing in pain. He stretched quite a bit there in order to get a drop shot next to the net and he was straight onto the floor! He's within in pain and despite the magic spray, he doesn't seem to be in a position to continue. 

20:35 (IST)29 APR 2023

GAME 2: Rankireddy & Shetty 9-10 Lee & Wang

Lee & Wang were doing wonders once again as they took a 6-9 lead in the game. However, they couldn't keep the Indian duo silent for long as Rankireddy & Shetty reduced the opponent's lead to just a single point. 

20:33 (IST)29 APR 2023

A loft from the Chinese Taipei shuttler but Rankireddy challenges that. However, this time around, ti was on the line clearly and India lose a challenge. 

20:30 (IST)29 APR 2023

A smash from the Chinese Taipei shuttler and Chirag Shetty challenges that! It was a cross-court smash which was given as in but the Indian is pretty confident. The challenge is successful! The shuttle was out and by quite a few centimetres too! How did the umpire miss that? 

20:30 (IST)29 APR 2023

GAME 2: Rankireddy & Shetty 5-5 Lee & Wang

Some fabulous stuff from Rankireddy and Shetty as they bounce back to level the scores at 5-5. The Indian duo is not giving up so easily and will ensure they settle for nothing lesser than a victory. 

20:28 (IST)29 APR 2023

GAME 2: Rankireddy & Shetty 2-5 Lee & Wang

Not the best of the performances from the Indian duo as they fail to replicate their performance from the previous game. They need to step up and get their play their A-game to stay alive in the game. 

20:26 (IST)29 APR 2023

A good show of sportsmanship as Lee makes sure that Chirag Shetty is okay before resuming the game. 

20:24 (IST)29 APR 2023

Oh dear! Not pretty scenes for India as Chirag Shetty is having some troubles with his ankle. He removes his shoes and the umpire calls for the physio. Some magic spray seems to have done the trick and hopefully, he'll be alright to continue!

20:23 (IST)29 APR 2023

Welcome back for Game 2. Rankireddy and Shetty discuss some strategy before serving. Another barrage of smashes coming the way of the Chinese Taipei shuttlers? 

20:22 (IST)29 APR 2023

Rankireddy and Shetty are in the ascendancy now as they bag the first game! Whew! This has been a terrific display of power and precision combined from the pair! They were occasionally threatened of a comeback from the Chinese Taipei pair but they've kept them at bat and made sure that they take home the first Game. Remember, they won their match yesterday in straight games. Can they repeat the heroics here too? 

20:21 (IST)29 APR 2023

GAME 1: Rankireddy & Shetty 21-18 Lee & Wang

Satwiksairaj Rankireddy & Chirag Shetty have won the first game 21-18 and take a 1-0 lead in the match. The Indian duo will be riding high on confidence as they head into the second game, while Lee & Wang will look to come back stronger and level scores. 

20:19 (IST)29 APR 2023

GAME 1: Rankireddy & Shetty 19-17 Lee & Wang

We're inching closer to the end of the first game with Rankireddy & Shetty having a two-point lead over their opponent. Who do you think will win the first game?

20:16 (IST)29 APR 2023

GAME 1: Rankireddy & Shetty 15-15 Lee & Wang

Both pairs are in really good touch and fighting hard to win the first game. It's neck and neck at the moment as both pairs continue to go full throttle. The scores are levelled at 15-15!

20:10 (IST)29 APR 2023

GAME 1: Rankireddy & Shetty 10-9 Lee & Wang

This is some good presence of mind from the Indians as they take a one-point lead against Lee & Wang. However, with both pairs being at their best, this could be anyone's game. Stick around to find out!

20:06 (IST)29 APR 2023

GAME 1: Rankireddy & Shetty 4-5 Lee & Wang

Despite a poor start, the Indian duo has fought back really well and is just one point behind their opponent in the first game. Winning the first game will certainly give them a massive confidence boost!

20:03 (IST)29 APR 2023

HEAD TO HEAD (1-1)

Satwiksairaj Rankireddy & Chirag Shetty have met Lee Yang & Wang Chi-Lin twice in the past. The Indian duo has registered a victory once, while the Chinese Taipei shuttlers have bagged one victory. 

19:59 (IST)29 APR 2023

Toss Update:

The Chinese Taipei shuttlers have won the toss and chosen side of court. Rankireddy and Shetty have decided to serve first. 

19:52 (IST)29 APR 2023

UPSET! 
Former world no. 1 Tai Tzu Ying, currently seeded fourth, gets the better of the currently first seeded Akane Yamaguchi 12-21, 21-16, 15-21. 
It's time now for the Indians to take centerstage as Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty will lock horns with Lee Yang and Wang Chi-Lin! 

19:51 (IST)29 APR 2023

Satwiksairaj Rankireddy & Chirag Shetty will be up against Taiwan's Lee Yang & Wang Chi-Lin in the Men's Doubles semi-final match. The game should begin in about a few minutes from now. 

19:42 (IST)29 APR 2023

Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty's performances at the Badminton Asia Championships 2023

Round of 32:
Tan Kian Meng & Tan Wee Kiong (Malaysia) lost to Satwiksairaj Rankireddy & Chirag Shetty (India) 0-2
Scores: 14-21, 17-21

Round of 16: Jin Yong & Na Sung Seung (South Korea) lost to Satwiksairaj Rankireddy & Chirag Shetty (India) 0-2
Scores: 13-21, 11-21

Quarter-Final: Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy (India) beat Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan (Indonesia) 2-0
Scores:
 21-11, 21-12

19:27 (IST)29 APR 2023

In an exclusive interview with Sportskeeda, S Rankireddy divulges his difficult journey which saw him become an ace shuttler while also talking about the camaraderie he shares with his doubles partner, Chirag Shetty, and how they handle the rising expectations! Read below 👇

19:22 (IST)29 APR 2023

Although there was a series of heartbreaks, there were some moments of brilliance last night as well. Click on the link below to find out how the games panned out yesterday! 👇

19:20 (IST)29 APR 2023

Hello and welcome to Sportskeeda's live coverage of the Badminton Asia Championships 2023! The Quarter-Finals saw some pretty disappointing performances from the Indians as most of them bowed out of the tournament without making much on an impact. However, the duo of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty were on top of their game, beating their Indonesian opponents in under half an hour! Goes on to show their sheer prowess and they will be hoping for a similar performance in today's contest as well! 
We are in for an enthralling contest! Sit back, relax and enjoy as the duo of Maanas Upadhyay and Farzan Mohamed take you through all that unfolds over the course of this contest! 
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