Bangkok: Satwiksairaj Rankreddy and Chirag Shetty created history on Sunday as they became the first Indian doubles pair to win a Super 500 title. The unseeded Indian duo stunned reigning world champions Li Jun Hui and Liu Yu Chen in the final of the Thailand Open to win their biggest career title on the BWF tour.
Satwiksairaj and Chirag took the Chinese world champions by surprise with their approach and won the final 21-19, 18-21, 21-18 in an hour and 2 minutes at the Indoor Stadium Huamark in Bangkok. Notably, The 16th-ranked Indian men’s doubles pair had beaten former world champions Ko Sung Hyun and Shin Baek Cheol in the semi-final on Saturday.
With the win, Satwiksairaj and Chirag will enter the top 10 of BWF men’s doubles rankings for the first time in their careers.
The Indian duo though was not able to hold their nerves when they had the opportunity to finish the match in straight games.
Momentum is a big thing in any sport and in badminton, it has a decisive effect. That’s why when Li and Liu raced to a 6-3 lead in the deciding game, it looked like they were going to run away with the match. However, Satwik and Chirag showed immense grit and determination to claw back into the match and seal it with their first match point.
Satwik, who is known for his powerful jump smashes, wonderfully mixed it up as he was quite effective at the net as well. Flick serves, powerful smashes and what not. The 18-year-old Indian shuttler was at his absolute best on the big day in Bangkok.