India Open has always been on our bucket list, says Chirag Shetty

Chirag Shetty, who alongside Satwiksairaj Rankireddy won the Indian Open men’s doubles title on Sunday, said winning the big-money tournament in India is still on their to-do list. Satwik and Chirag edged top seeds Hendra Setiawan and Mohammad Ahsan 21-16, 24-22 to add the Indian Open title, part of the BWF World Tour tournament series, to their crown of the Thailand Open in 2019.

“Well yeah, we always wanted to win the Indian Open because we didn’t win any big event in India so it was always on our bucket list. We couldn’t have start the year on a high note,” said Chirag Shetty. ANI. In the final, Satwik and Chirag showed nerves of steel and even put their most illustrious opponents under pressure with their tactics to clinch the men’s doubles title.

Aware of their opponent’s prowess at playing quick points, Chirag and Satwik had a clear game plan of playing longer rallies. This meant they were ready to play softer net strokes and even lift the shuttle high to force the Indonesians into mistakes. “Going into the game we knew if we wanted to win we had to stick to the game plan of loving not forcing ourselves to give up easy points,” added Chirag.

Speaking of their consistency over the years, the 24-year-old said: “It’s our collective effort. It’s the coaches, the support staff, the physios, the trainers, the nutritionist and everyone. We have both have a good understanding both on and off the pitch and that’s one of our consistency mantras.” Speaking about the chemistry on the pitch, the commuter said: “Instinctively we’re both attacking players, we really like to attack. So that’s one of the reasons why we have a good combination on the pitch. “

In the men’s singles final, Lakshya Sen beat world champion Loh Kean Yew 24-22, 21-17 in 54 minutes to win his first Super 500 title. Speaking about the youngster, Chirag said: “Lakshya Sen was phenomenal and kept his nerves. The way he controlled the game was just outstanding.” The Indian Open was held this year without crowds at KD Jadhav Stadium in New Delhi. Speaking of this, Chirag said, “Living in an bio bubble is tough. That said, we didn’t have the crowd support either, so we didn’t have the home field advantage.”

The Indian duo concluded their game in 43 minutes, having saved five game points to start the new season with a title triumph. (ANI)

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