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“Motivation became medals”: Satwik-Chirag may break into the top three after a strong 2022

At the 2023 India Open, India’s Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty defeated Scotland’s Grimley twins in straight games.

The well-known duo of Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy won on the first day of the Indian contingent’s participation in the India Open, piqued the audience’s interest. For Indian fans, the opening day combination of fire and ice was ideal; Chirag’s aggressive play was appreciated by the enthusiastic crowd at the KD Jadhav Indoor Hall, but Scottish twin brothers Mathew and Christopher Grimley were unable to handle Satwik’s flawless play near the net.

The Indian men’s badminton team that has had the most success recently finished a fantastic 2022 season with two titles, the first of which was a Super 750 at the French Open. The most recent success has gone to this team. The duo, who overcame a 2-0 deficit to defeat Indonesia’s star pairing of Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo and Mohammad Ahsan, helped India win the Thomas Cup as well. In addition, they were the first Indian men’s doubles team to win both a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games and a bronze medal at the BWF World Championships in August. This made them the first team in Indian history to accomplish both of these feats.

But let’s go back a little bit. It was widely anticipated that the Indian duo would finish second at the Olympics in 2021. Despite winning two of their three games, Satwik and Chirag were eliminated from the group stage due to a three-way tie. In addition, despite a challenging year, they did not win silver at the World Championships.

“Because we competed in the World Championships just prior to the beginning of the year in 2022, I wouldn’t call it a resolution for the new year. We lost in the pre-quarters and did not win a medal. We were very hopeful that we would win a medal there. That really hurt us a lot. Even they had an effect when we returned from the Olympics in the manner that we did.

“Again, this was not a resolution for the new year; However, when we first started in 2022, our objective was to win numerous major event medals and HSBC World Tour titles. That was our objective for 2022. Chirag stated, “The motivation was what caused us to play the way we did last year.”

Following Tuesday’s victory over the Grimley twins, a reenergized duo emphasizes that it can perform better in 2022 and break into the top three this year. Medals were the result of the motivation. We want to avoid 2022 once more. At the press conference following the victory, Chirag stated with conviction, “We have the capability to do even better.”

We are ranked fifth this year and have won two tournaments. Our primary objective is to finish in the top three if we can add three to four more titles this year. We want to win major competitions like the All England Championships and the World Championships as a team. This year is also important for us because of the Asian Games and Olympic qualifying,” Chirag, who is 25 years old, stated.

The men’s doubles circuit is in its golden age at this point; In addition, there are the Indonesian “minions” (Kevin Sukamuljo and Marcus Gideon) and “daddies” (Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan). There is also the well-known Malaysian team (Aaron Chia and Sooh Wooi Yik), which has played seven games and never lost to the Indian team.

It can be difficult to pick favorites in the category because there are so many strong contenders, and Satwik reiterated that men’s doubles is a level playing field.

It doesn’t matter who you play against at this level. At this point, everyone is at the same level. All 32 players are world champions at the moment. 1. On the court, there are no favorites. There will be numerous incidents. We cannot claim to have identified the favorites previously.

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