India’s drought in elite men’s doubles title of the Badminton World Federation (BWF) international World Tour circuit ended as Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty, two equally talented young men broke records and hailed as the winner in the summit clash of Thailand Open 2019. They became the first Indian pair to win a BWF Super 500 Badminton tournament with a crucial hour and two minutes match victory against the third-seeded and reigning Asian Games and World Tour finals champions from China, Li Jun Hui and Liu Yu Chen 21-19 18-21 21-18. Don’t miss the chance for massive rewards and unlimited bonuses of you register an account and start playing at 12BTi Sportsbook! Create yours now to win exciting prizes on your first play.
It was the first final of the 2019 season for the unseeded pair Rankireddy and Shetty, the men’s doubles silver medalist at 2018 Commonwealth Games. This registered win will secure the current world No. 16 Indian combination a ticker to the top 10, making it the first-ever Indian men’s doubles duo to enter the elite bracket. Rankireddy and Shetty started really well as they broke away from 3-3 early on and moved ahead to open up a 10-6 lead until their Chinese opponents reboot themselves and found a way to tied it up to 14-14. From the 20-18 lead few minutes before the wrap-up, the Chinese duo altered the score to 19-20, until the breathtaking first game ended where Indians managed to win. In the second game, the Indian duo managed to make it to 16-14 then crawled up to 18-16 until the Chinese pair won 5 consecutive points to take it to the decider. It was a crucial third game and even though the Chinese pair struggled to claim the scores back, the Indians did not let them score another single point until the final bell.
“It’s the biggest title we have won so far in our career. Right now I am out of words after playing in a final and beating the current world champions. I am extremely happy,” said Shetty after the win. Rankireddy explained that it wasn’t an easy match since the Chinese feat is a strong contender. “Well, we kept our calm all throughout the tournament. Even when we were down 1-4 in the third game, we didn’t lose hope. We just were steady and did not rush things to give them a bigger lead. We just stuck to our plan of keeping the shuttle low and not hurrying through the points. I think that really worked and that helped us get the lead at 8-6.” Rankireddy said. In this Thailand Open win, the Indians will bag a cheque of $27,650 and has a sure place to the world top 10 that will be announced on August 8. Thailand Open 2019 ended this weekend and the duo completed the list of winners for this year’s edition. Don’t miss the chance to double your win if you register an account now at 12BET, your most trusted source of competitive gaming information that offers best odds, betting analysis, schedules, overall results, live scores, promotions and other Esports matches.