Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty had enjoyed a dream run at the French Open (BWF World Tour Super 750 event). However, they could not cross the final hurdle, losing to the top-seeded duo from Indonesia, Marcus Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo
Paris: Indian pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty had to settle for silver after losing the final of the French Open badminton tournament in Paris on Sunday (October 27).
Satwiksairaj and Chirag had enjoyed a dream run in the BWF World Tour Super 750 event. However, they could not cross the final hurdle, losing to the top-seeded duo from Indonesia, Marcus Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo.
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The Indians put up a valiant effort in the final against Gideon and Sanjaya Sukamuljo before going down 21-18, 21-16.
While the Indonesian pair took gold, Shetty and Rankireddy had to settle for silver after a thrilling contest that ended in just over half an hour. Both Chirag and Satwiksairaj put up a tough fight. However, they were outclassed by the Indonesian duo which played some attacking shots to put the Indian pair on the backfoot in the two sets.
Satwiksairaj and Chirag, who are ranked 11th in the world, started off by playing smart shots to keep the Indonesians guessing and looked in sublime touch. However, it was the experience and wit of Gideon and Sanjaya Sukamuljo which ended the Indian duo's dream run at the French Open.
On Saturday, the Indians had defeated Japan's Hiroyuki Endo and Yuta Watanabe 21-11, 25-23 in the semi-final and progressed to the final of the tournament.
The Indian pair had earned headlines after winning the Thailand Open earlier this year.
Earlier in the tournament, Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu had lost their quarter-final matches in the women’s singles.
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Last Updated 28, Oct 2019, 8:55 AM