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“Only the Beginning!” Twitter Reacts as Indian Shuttlers Script History

Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankreddy scripted history on Sunday by becoming the first Indian doubles pair to clinch a Super 500 title. The unseeded 16th-ranked Indian duo upset the defending world champions Liu Yu Chen and Li Jun Hui in the Thailand Open final at the Indoor Stadium Huamark in Bangkok. In the process, they also bagged what was their biggest ever career title on the BWF tour. The victory means that the two will also enter the top 10 in BWF men’s doubles rankings for the very first time in their careers.

Chirag and Satwiksairaj surprised the Chinese world champions, edging past in sets of 21-19, 18-21, 21-18 in an encounter that lasted just over an hour. On their way to the finals, the Indian men’s doubles pair had defeated former world champions Shin Baek Cheol and Ko Sung Hyun in the semi-final on Saturday.

Heading into the big final, Satwik and Chirag were always going to be the underdogs against the 2nd seeds as well as the reigning World and Thomas Cup champions Liu and Li.

However, that was never a cause of concern for the Indian shuttlers. Chirag Shetty, in an interview after the epic victory, informed how they were not tensed before the finale. “Not really, it was just our first major final. The people we were playing were the reigning world champions. They have been pretty regular at the semi-finals and finals of Super Series. I think, the moment we entered the court, we did not take the pressure. That’s what helped us,” he said.

Twitter Reaction

Here is how Twitter reacted as Satwik and Chirag created history on Sunday:

 

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