[File photo] India's Chirag Shetty (L) hits a return beside partner Reddy Satwiksairaj Rankireddy. Photograph:( AFP )
India's Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty become the first Indian doubles pair to win a World Tour 500 event
India's Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty clinched the gold medal after defeating China's Li Jun Hui-Liu Yu Chen in men's doubles at Thailand Open on Sunday.
The Indian duo created history by claiming their first-ever Super 500 title when they defeated the Chinese pair 21-19, 18-21, 21-18.
They become the first Indian doubles pair to win a World Tour 500 event.
Satwiksairaj and Chirag gave a tough fight to the Asian champions and world number two in a match that crossed the one-hour mark.
In the first game faced a tough fight from the opponents and sealed the neck-to-neck game by 22-20.
The Chinese duo made a come back in the second game and claimed the set by 21-18.
In the last and final set, the world number-16 Indian pair outclassed their opponents and clinched the match after a 62-minutes long clash.
In the semi-final match, they defeated South Korean pair by Ko Sung Hyun and Shin Baek Cheol by 22-20, 22-24, 21-9.
AND ANOTHER HISTORY!!!— Badminton Talk (@BadmintonTalk) August 4, 2019
Congratulations to Satwiksairaj Rankireddy/Chirag Shetty for BREAKING THE WORLD TOP 10 Men's Doubles!
They will be 9th in the BWF World Ranking next Tuesday, 6 August 2019, which will be their career-high!
Well done!#ThailandOpenSuper500 @BAI_Media
This is India's only medal in the event as earlier, Indian ace shuttlers Saina Nehwal, Parupalli Kashyap, Kidambi Srikanth, Sai Praneeth, and HS Pranoy were knocked out of the tournament.