Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the Indonesia Open badminton tournament. It is time for the men’s doubles semifinals…. and a chance for India’s ace doubles shuttlers to end a long wait.
Sixth-seeded pairing of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty, ranked 11, defeated the Malaysian combination of Goh Sze Fei and Nur Izzuddin in the quarterfinals on Friday. Their reward for that was a meeting against top seeds Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo… the Minions, as they are called on tour (and for quick reference on this blog as well). The Indians have never defeated the Indonesian legends in nine previous meetings but will sense blood here in Bali as the world No 1 pair have shown in recent times they are certainly not invincible.