Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty Promise to Make India Proud in Thailand Open Final
Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty will play in their first final of the season as they reached the title clash of the men's doubles at the Thailand Open.
Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty reached the final at Thailand Open (Photo Credit: BAI)
India's top-ranked men's doubles pair Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty qualified for the men's doubles final on Saturday with a 22-20, 22-24, 21-9 win over South Korea's Ko Sung Hyun and Shin Baek Cheol. They are the first Indian pair to reach the final of a Super 500 event.
The 16th ranked Rankireddy and Shetty came out on top against the 19th ranked Korean pair. This is the first final of the season for the Indian pair and they will now face Chinese third seeds Li Jun Hui and Liu Yu Chen in the final on Sunday.
"Well I feel that the both of us have become a lot calmer as compared to before that’s a major improvement," Chirag said after the match.
His partner too echoed the sentiment, saying, "pretty happy with our performances. Playing like calm, cool and positive mindset helping us a lot and we are confident in ourselves that we can do it tomorrow."
The Koreans held the advantage for much of the first game and were leading 11-10 at the interval. But the Indians shifted gears after that and surged to a 20-18 lead. Hyun and Cheol then picked up two consecutive points to level the score but Shetty and Rankireddy held their nerve to take two more points and win the game.
The second game turned out to be a thriller with the momentum swaying back and forth between the two set of players. The Koreans seemed to have the game in their hands when they raced to a 19-12 lead but the Indians fought their way back to make it 20-20. It was then a battle of attrition between the two sides and the Koreans finally prevailed 24-22.
However, the final game turned out to be an antithesis with Rakireddy and Shetty taking complete control of the game. They won it 21-9 and sealed a spot in the final.
"Highlight point of the match is obviously the last point because it was simply amazing to win a semi-final against shin/ko as they have been players we’ve looked up to in the past. That was special," Chirag said.
"I feel even though we had two match points in the second. We were able to win the decider quite comfortably because we kept our calm. We weren't too eager to score a point. If we had a chance we went for it rather than rushing and committing a mistake," Shirag added.
Satwik assured that the pair will again give their best as they play their first final of the season.
"Well won't do anything different tomorrow very excited for our first finals tomorrow will give our best and make India proud," Satwik said.
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