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Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj becomes first Indian pair to win silver at a Super750

he duo went down against World No. 1 pair of Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo in the summit clash.

Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj becomes first Indian pair to win silver at a Super750
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The Bridge Desk

Published: 28 Oct 2019 5:31 AM GMT

The Indian men's doubles duo of Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj continued their fairytale run to finish as the runners up of the coveted French Open Super 750 last night. The duo went down against World No. 1 pair of Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo in the summit clash.

However, Stade Pierre de Coubertin in Paris has been a favourite for the duo. India’s up and coming men’s doubles pair have always had memorable outings at the French Open.

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In the three editions of the French Open World Tour Super 750 tournament that they have appeared in, Chirag and Satwik have always returned with something. In 2017, the first time, they reached their first-ever World Tour Super 750 quarterfinal here. Next year, they reached the semifinals and this year, the duo has taken it one step further.

Last year, here, Chirag and Satwik had crashed out in the semis losing to the very same opponents. In fact, in six meetings, they have been unable to get the better of the Indonesian pair. This time, though, things would be different, according to Chirag.

Road to Finals

In the pre-quarters, the pair slayed the World No 2 Indonesian team of Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan in a pulsating encounter. A match that lasted close to an hour, it gave a testament of their sheer tenacity as they won the battle of nerves to seal the tie in the decider.

Looking in sublime form, Chirag and Satwik stepped up to the occasion as they faced Kim Astrup and Anders Skaarup Rasmussen in a bid to secure the semi finals berth. The Indians turned it into a rather one sided affair, dominating the superior ranked World No 8 Danish pair in straight games.

By beating World No. 6 duo of Hiroyuki Endo and Yuta Watanabe of Japan in straight games — 21-11, 25-23 — Chirag, 22, and Satwik, 19, became the first-ever Indian men’s doubles pair to make it to the final of a Super 750 (previously known as Super Series Premier) event.

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