New Delhi [India], October 31 (ANI): Union Sports Minister Anurag Thakur congratulated the Indian men’s doubles badminton pair Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty on clinching the French Open 2022 title.
Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy of India took home their first BWF Super 750 championship on Sunday by winning the men’s doubles event at the French Open 2022.
“Congratulations to Indian Badminton men’s doubles duo @satwiksairaj and @Shettychirag04 for becoming the first ever Indian doubles pair to win a BWF World Tour Super 750 title by winning the 2022 French Open! Well done!,” tweeted Anurag.
The Indian badminton team defeated Chinese Taipei’s Lu Ching Yao and Yang Po Han 21-13, 21-19 in the final after eliminating the top seeds from Japan, Takuro Hoki and Yugo Kobayashi, in the quarterfinals.
Despite the fact that their previous three victories on the BWF World Tour came in lower-level competition, Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy won this one.
The Thailand Open 2019 and the India Open 2022 were both Super 500 competitions, while their first, the Hyderabad Open 2018, was a Super 100 competition as per Olympics.com.
Additionally, this was the first time an Indian men’s doubles team won the French Open badminton championship since Partho Ganguli and Vikram Singh’s victory in 1983.
The seventh-seeded team in the competition, Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy, who are ranked as the No. 8 men’s doubles team in the world, got off to a fast start by winning the first five points of the match. The Indian pair easily controlled the first game and won it because to their aggressive style of badminton.
In the second game, Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy, who were facing Chinese Taipei opponents for the first time, carried the momentum and entered halftime with a comfortable six-point.
However, Lu Ching Yao and Yang Po Han showed bravery and fought their way back into the game, levelling the score at 14 all.
The match’s momentum obviously changed after the comeback, as Lu Ching Yao and Yang Po Han battled valiantly to grab a 19-17 lead.
The in-form Indian duo, who won the Commonwealth Games championship earlier this year in Birmingham, shown exceptional maturity by controlling their nerves to win the game, match, and title. (ANI)