One of the best matches ever played: Chirag Shetty in the Indian Open 2022 final

Indian commuter Chirag Shetty, who along with Satwiksairaj Rankireddy claimed victory in the men’s doubles final of the ongoing 2022 Indian Open on Sunday, said the summit clash was one of the best matches ever the duo has ever performed. The Indian pair beat the Indonesian duo of Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan in back-to-back matches 21-16, 26-24 in a game that lasted 43 minutes.

“I think in those final stages we were leading 19-17 and then they took the lead 20-19 and there we knew for a fact they would try to get an easy point and not go for something that would do the so we knew they would serve and take the first shot so we were ready for that and even though we were trailing by almost 4-5 game points we kept calm and we knew that if we keep the simple things and will give easy points, even if the shuttle is slow and if we just play the rally rather than giving the easy points then it would be good for us,” Chirag Shetty told a virtual press conference. “I think strategically it was one of our best games so far. It was a game that was out of our comfort zone, I would say, where we were playing shots that we don’t usually play. Even they tried to keep the shuttle low and instead of lifting but today whenever the shuttle was low we just lifted it and we were ready for defense. Instead of rushing, we just lifted it up and tried to make it an attack and it worked for us,” he added.

Regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, Shetty said the positive test is not in the hands of any player during the tournament as they live in a bio-bubble. “At the beginning, we had some difficulties. In 2021, we played under these conditions only like when we are in a tournament, we will have positive cases of COVID-19, and we will not be able to play. So the only thing was to keep our focus on the games you can’t do anything if you test positive because you’re not wandering around outside, it’s out of our hands so we have to focus about our game and not about other things,” Shetty said.

Besides their duo, commuter Lakshya Sen also won the men’s singles final after beating Singapore’s Loh Kean Yew 24-22, 21-17 in the summit clash which lasted 54 minutes. (ANI)

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