Satwik-Chirag settle for silver
They may have crashed out of finals, but the pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty have earned laurels and love from badminton fans all over the world.
The duo finished second best after losing the finals in straight games against top seeds Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo of Indonesia at the French Open Super 750 on Sunday.
The Indian duo suffered a 18-21 16-21 loss to Marcus and Kevin, who are enjoying their 121st week as world no 1. Satwik and Chirag had come into the match with a 0-6 head-to-head record against the Indonesian pair.
Despite the loss, the duo’s effort is commendable as this is the first time an Indian men’s doubles pair has reached a World Tour 750 final.
Partho Ganguli and Vikram Singh were the last all-Indian pair to win the French Open in 1983.
Meanwhile, French Open saw Indian singles shuttlers continue their disappointing run. While PV Sindhu exited the Super 750 tournament in the quarter-final, Saina Nehwal was ousted as early as the 2nd round.