Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty, the world no. 11 men’s doubles combination, have qualified for the season-ending BWF World Tour Finals, which begin on Wednesday.
Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty, the world no. 11 men’s doubles team, have qualified for the season-ending BWF World Tour Finals, which begin here on Wednesday. Chirag and Satwik had reached the semifinals of the Indonesia Open last week, but they cut after Taichi Saito and Akira Koga of Japan also lost in the Super 1000 tournament’s final four. In the Road to Bali, the Indian team beat out the Japanese team to secure a spot in the year-ending event.
Satwik and Chirag needed to overcome Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sukamuljo, the World No. 1 pair,in the semifinals to advance, but they lost 16-21 18-21.
Akira and Taichi had previously fallen to Takuro Hoki and Yugo Kobayashi 22-20 21-14, clearing the way for the Indian team.
“Today I came up short versus Kevin/Marcus. Nonetheless, I’m pleased with how we performed this week.On the plus side, we’ve advanced to the World Tour Finals!” Chirag expressed himself on Instagram.
“For the first time, we’ll be competing in the WTF, and I’m excited to compete against the greatest 8 pairs on the tour this year! Also, thank you for all of your help. Thank you very much.”
Lakshya Sen had previously become the youngest Indian to qualify for the USD 1,500,000 tournament,which will also feature Kidambi Srikanth, two-time Olympic medalist P V Sindhu, and Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy in the women’s doubles.
The year-ending competition featured Srikanth, Sindhu, Sameer Verma, and Saina Nehwal, the 2012 Olympic bronze medallist.
While Sindhu is the lone Indian to win the BWF World Tour Finals this year, Saina reached the BWF Superseries Finals’ summit showdown in 2011. Srikanth and Sameer advanced to the knockout round but were unable to progress to the finals.