Fans Puzzled as World No.1 Satwik-Chirag Loses in the 1st Round of the Singapore Open


The Singapore Open Super 750 badminton tournament witnessed an unexpected turn of events as the world’s top-ranked men’s doubles pair, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty, fondly known as Satwik-Chirag were knocked out in the opening round.

The Indian duo, who were one of the favourites to win a gold medal at the Paris Olympics and had recently claimed the Thailand Open Super 500, faced a shock defeat against Denmark’s world number 34 pair, Daniel Lundgaard and Mads Vestergaard.

Satwik-Chirag’s abysmal performance

The match, which lasted for 47 minutes, ended in straight games with scores of 20-22, 18-21. This was the first time the two pairings had met on the BWF World Tour. Despite being the top seeds and on the hunt for their third title of the year after clinching the French and Thailand Open, Satwik and Chirag couldn’t secure a win.

The match started with the Danish pair taking an early lead of 9-4. However, the Indian duo mounted a spirited fightback to turn the tables and took a 21-18 lead. Despite this, the Danish team stayed calm under pressure, saved two game points, and took the lead. The second game also saw the two teams go neck-to-neck until 16-all before Lundgaard and Vestergaard broke away right at the end to produce a shocking result.

Other Indian players, including Aakarshi Kashyap and Priyanshu Rajawat, also failed to cross the opening hurdle in singles competition. Women’s doubles pair of Rutuparna Panda and Swetaparna Panda also played their hearts out before losing 12-21 21-12 13-21 to Chinese Taipei’s Chang Ching Hui and Yang Ching Tun.

Despite the early exit of some of the top Indian shuttlers, the tournament will see the participation of other top Indian players such as PV Sindhu, Lakshya Sen, and HS Prannoy, who will begin their campaign on Wednesday.

The defeat of Satwik and Chirag was a major upset, considering their recent performances and their world ranking. The duo’s exit marked a disappointing opening day for Indian shuttlers at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. Few fans criticized Satwik’s gameplay referring as “schoolboy” while few others suggested getting some rest ahead of the Olympics



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