BWF World Championships 2022 – Warrior Forum
“We Want To Finish Things On A Big Note”: Satwiksairaj Rankireddy!
Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty, who competed in the men’s doubles event at the World Championships, became the first Indian team to earn a medal on Friday.
Satwiksairaj Rankireddy of India, who was overjoyed after winning his first medal at the World Championships, said on Friday that the season had been a “dream” for him and his doubles partner Chirag Shetty and that they planned to end the competition in Tokyo on a “great” note. The world number 7 duo has been absolutely outstanding this year, winning the super 500 India Open in January, designing India’s dramatic victory in the Thomas Cup, and then taking home their first gold from the Commonwealth Games earlier this month.
“Starting with the India Open, the Thomas Cup, and then the gold at the Commonwealth Games, it has been a dream for us. After assuring the couple of at least a bronze medal in Tokyo, Satwik said, “As I speak, I am feeling so thrilled and excited.”
Satwik and Chirag shocked the home favourites and defending champions Takuro Hoki and Yugo Kobayashi 24-22 15-21 21-14 in the quarterfinals on Friday to become the first Indian team to win a medal in the men’s doubles category at the World Championships.
Our victory is significant. We haven’t played them recently. We desperately wanted to play against them because they are the current world champions, but we are always matched against the top seeds. Kevin”(Sukamuljo) and (Marcus) Gideon) participate in competitions,” stated Satwik.”We were eager to play them because we wanted to gauge how we would compare, and I was quite pleased with how we performed. I’m pleased that we got even with Tan Kim Her, our old coach, “Added he.
Tan Kim Her, a Malaysian who served as India’s doubles coach, played a key role in developing the Indian duo. He is presently the Japanese doubles team’s coach.
In the semifinals, the Indian team will compete against Aaron Chia and Soh Wooi Yik, the sixth-seeded team. In the mixed team competition finals at CWG in Birmingham, Satwik and Chirag had fallen to the Malaysian team.
“In this game, we want to finish it strong and advance past the semifinals. It will be a bout of vengeance tomorrow,” remarked Satwik.
When asked where the medal stands among their accomplishments, Chirag responded, “Thomas Cup is up there at the top. We haven’t finished the tournament and we want to go all the way. It will be on par with the Thomas Cup if we win it here. In response to a question regarding the quarterfinal encounter, Satwik stated: “In the first game, we grabbed a lead but they got the rhythm back and after that it was just one point apiece. We were at peace within.
We are in charge and Chirag knows we are going to win, so there is no need to panic and let him handle everything, I realised as I was asking him to shout. They were rewarded for playing a more aggressive game, according to Chirag.
“In the third game, we had much better shuttle control. We were on a strong team in the second game, but we were a little too relaxed.” But because we adopted a proactive strategy in the first game, we repeated it in the third game by taking the shuttle as high as we could and maintaining it there rather than engaging in those driving situations with them. After losing in the men’s singles quarterfinals, HS Prannoy declared he needed to improve to compete for major championships.
Although I would have loved to be on the podium, this tournament is wonderful. You must, however, work more on some days. I’ve done okay over the past few months, making a couple semifinals and quarterfinals. But I have to be one level higher than I am right now if I want to win tournaments,” he remarked.
Prannoy held the advantage after winning the first game, but he blew it as Zhao Jun Peng, an unseeded Chinese player, won the match 19-21, 21-6, and 21-18.
“I suppose the third game’s beginning was important. I needed to be well up in the first 11, but it got much too close for him to play freely from the stronger side. may have performed better right away.
After the second game, “he started to play better, and in the third game, he moved quickly and got the shuttle high,” Prannoy said.
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