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Satwik-Chirag climb to world No. 2 in Latest BWF Rankings

Published at :November 29, 2023 at 1:32 AM
Modified at :December 13, 2023 at 1:25 PM
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Ajay Gandhar

The surge comes on the back of their runner-up finish at the China Masters.

India’s premier men’s doubles shuttlers, Satwik-Chirag, have made a leap in the latest BWF rankings released by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) on Tuesday (November 28). The dynamic duo has climbed three spots to secure the No. 2 position in men’s doubles.

This advancement comes on the heels of their runner-up finish at the recent China Masters, held in Shenzen. The Indian duo had an unbeaten run leading up to the grand finale in Shenzen. Both demonstrated remarkable resilience by saving six match points in the second game of finals as well, but ultimately succumbed to the world No. 1 Chinese duo, Liang Wei Keng and Wang Chang in the decider. Liang/Wang defeated Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty 21-19, 18-21, 21-19.

The Indian pair now boasts 90,761 points, trailing the Chinese World No. 1 team of Liang Wei Keng and Wang Chang, who hold 94,391 points.

Rankireddy and Shetty have had an impressive run this season, clinching gold medals at the Asian Games and the Badminton Asia Championships in 2023. They also secured titles at the Indonesia Open, the Korea Open, and the Swiss Open. Their stellar performance saw them make history by reaching the pinnacle of the world rankings in October.

Despite their recent defeat, the pair’s unbeaten final streak this season and their rise in the rankings underscore their potential and the bright future of Indian badminton. As they continue to hone their skills and strategies, fans eagerly await their next performance on the global stage.

In other rankings, HS Prannoy, Lakshya Sen, and Kidambi Srikanth maintained their respective eighth, 17th, and 24th positions in men’s singles. PV Sindhu is under protected rankings, while Treesa Jolly and Gayatri Gopichand continue to hold the 19th spot in women’s doubles.

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