Thailand Open: Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty defy odds to become first Indian pair to win Super 500 event

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Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty became the nation’s first men’s double paring to win a Super 500 event after stunning their opponents Li Jun Hui and Liu Yu Chen, who were the reigning world champions at the Indoor Stadium Huamark in Bangkok on Sunday.

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Rankireddy and Shetty clinched the first game by the narrow scoreline of 21-19 to take an early advantage in the match. But the pairing failed to capitalize and soon handed three straight points and went down 18-21 in the second.

But the young Indians did not lose hope and held their nerve to stun the world champions and take home the trophy, beating the Chinese pair 21-18 in the decider. The match saw itself being played for over an hour.

This wins sees both Rankireddy and Shetty became the first Indian men’s doubles pair to win a Super 500 tournament or above. Their previous best performance came in the Hyderabad Open Super 100 tournament in 2018 when they won it.

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