Rankireddy & Shetty Break Into BWF Top 10: Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty break into the Top 10 of BWF Men’s Doubles ranking for the first time. This came on the back of the pair’s win in the final of the Thailand Open against the third-seeded Chinese pair of Li Jun Hui- Liu Yu Chen. The win helped them take a frog jump of 7 spots to make it to the 9th position of the latest BWF (Badminton World Federation) rankings for Men’s Doubles.
The country’s Badminton Body congratulated the duo and backed them to so even better in the forthcoming tournaments, and next year’s Olympics. Badminton Association of India (BAI) tweeted, “Dhamaka by Chirag/Satwik?⚡️ ? Breaks into Top 1⃣ 0⃣! ? ??’s only doubles pair to win a #BWFSuper500 event, @satwiksairaj / @Shettychirag04 jumped 7⃣ spots to make it to the 9⃣ th spot according to the latest #BWF rankings. Keep the Josh going, champs! #IndiaontheRise
Dhamaka by Chirag/Satwik🔥⚡️ 💣
Breaks into Top 1⃣0⃣!💪
🇮🇳’s only doubles pair to win a #BWFSuper500 event, @satwiksairaj/@Shettychirag04 jumped 7⃣ spots to make it to the 9⃣th spot according to the latest #BWF rankings.
Keep the Josh going, champs!#IndiaontheRise pic.twitter.com/PQiDNxzzYl
— BAI Media (@BAI_Media) August 6, 2019
The Indian pair became nation’s only double’s pair to win BWF Super 500 or over event, and can be marked as the beginning of history.
It was the biggest title of the duo’s career as they defeated the defending world champions Li Jun Hui and Liu Yu Chen of China and clinched the Open Super 500 tournament on Sunday in Bangkok.
They won the finals 21-19-18-21-21-18 that went for 1 hour and 2 minutes at the Indoor stadium, Haumark, Bangkok. Now the duo will shift their focus to World Championship that will held from 19th– 25th August 2019 at St. Jacobshalle in Basel, Switzerland.
The duo had earlier created a buzz on Sunday afternoon which prompted even the likes of Virendra Sehwag to take to twitter to laud them. He tweeted, “Historic win for SatwikSairaj Rankireddy & Chirag Shetty in the #ThailandOpenSuper500 trophy beating the reigning World Champions in the men’s doubles. Shaandaar, Zabardast Zindabad”
Historic win for SatwikSairaj Rankireddy & Chirag Shetty in the #ThailandOpenSuper500 trophy beating the reigning World Champions in the men’s doubles. Shaandaar, Zabardast Zindabad pic.twitter.com/rgm04kDTiC
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) August 4, 2019
General Secretary of BJP, Karnataka, MP Shobha Karandlaje tweeted, “Heartiest Congratulations @Shettychirag04 & @satwiksairaj for Winning the Finals of the Men’s Doubles Badminton #ThailandOpen. A historic day for Indian badminton!”