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Swiss Open: Satwiksairaj and Chirag clinched Men’s Doubles Title

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Indian doubles pair Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty clinched the men’s doubles title after defeating Ren Xiangyu and Tan Qiang at the Swiss Open Super Series 300 badminton tournament on Sunday.

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The Satwiksairaj-Chirag duo defeated their unseeded Chinese opponents 21-19 24-22 in the finals. The pair is the world number six, and second-seeded Indian pair.

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During the finals, the competing pairs didn’t budge in early exchanges. Despite a solid defense by Tan and Ren, Chirag and Satwik kept on leading to win the first game in the BWF Super 300 final.

In the second game, after the scores were tied at 11-11, Shetty’s powerful smashes and Satwiksairaj’s deft touches helped the Indians build a three-point lead. Chirag and Satwiksairaj won the match in 54 minutes.

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It was the first title of the season for India with Satwik and Chirag after last week’s disappointment in the All England Championships, where they had exited in the second round.

This was also their fifth career world tour title for the Indian pair. The duo had claimed the India Open and French Open last year. Furthermore, they secured the Thailand Open in 2019 and Hyderabad Open in 2018. Satwik and Chirag also clinched the 2022 Commonwealth Games gold.

Earlier, in the semi-finals, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty had handed a defeat to the third seeds Ong Yew Sin and Teo Ee Yi of Malaysia 21-19 17-21 21-17.

Satwik and Chirag were the only Indian contenders to clinch a title in the tournament as PV Sindhu and Lakshya Sen suffered early defeats.

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