Indian doubles duo Rankireddy-Shetty wins Thailand Open

WION Web Team New Delhi, India Aug 04, 2019, 01.29 PM(IST)

[File photo] India's Chirag Shetty (L) hits a return beside partner Reddy Satwiksairaj Rankireddy. Photograph:( AFP )

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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. 

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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.