Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty become first Indian men’s pair to enter a Superseries semifinals. They progressed to the semifinals beating Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy 21-17, 21-11. In the process, the younger combination gained sweet revenge for their narrow loss at the hands of Attri and Reddy in November 2017 at the Indian Nationals in Nagpur. Rankireddy and Shetty had earlier knocked out China’s He Jiting and Tan Qiang by an impressive 21-13, 21-19 scoreline. The Chinese pair had been responsible for the elimination, in their earlier game, of the fifth-seeded Danes, Kim Astrup and Anders Rasmussen. The performances of the two Indian shuttlers showed that the doubles game in the country has taken big strides under the tutelage of Malaysian coach Tan Kim Her.