India Open 2024: Satwik-Chirag Lose To Kang-Seo In Thrilling Final

Satwik and Chirag, the Asian Games champions, lost 21-15 11-21 18-21 to Kang and Seo after the two pairs fought for 65 minutes in what was some breath-taking badminton at the KD Jadhav Indoor stadium. The Indian duo, which won the 2022 edition, had finished second best at the Malaysia Super 1000 last week as well.
Satwik-Chirag

India Open 2024: Satwik-Chirag Finish Runners-Up After Heartbreaking Loss In Home Finals

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KEY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Satwik-Chirag have now lost two consecutive finals this year.
  • The fans kept on cheering the Indians but they fell short at the end.
  • Satwik-Chirag will be crowned No. 1 on Tuesday.
Indian men's doubles duo of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty lost in a three-game thriller to the South Korean pair of Kang Hyuk Min and Seo Seung Jae in the finals of the India Open. The Indian pair, the Asian Games champions, lost 21-15 11-21 18-21 to Kang and Seo after the two pairs fought for 65 minutes in what was some breath-taking badminton at the KD Jadhav Indoor stadium in New Delhi.
Satwik-Chirag, who won the 2022 edition, had finished second best at the Malaysia Open last week as well, losing to Liang Wei Keng and Wang Chang in another three-game thriller. They always had tough matches against the Koreans though they boasted a 4-1 H2H record in five meetings coming into the match with the latest being at the Malaysia Open last week.
Satwik-Chirag played some breath-taking rallies, displaying brilliant reflexes as they kept the Koreans under the pump with some persistent hitting in the opening game. Chirag dazzled in the front court with some amazing net interceptions as he and Satwik led 11-9 and soon jumped to 19-13 after the break before pocketing the game when Kang and Seo committed an unforced error.
Satwik-Chirag made a sloppy start in the second, falling behind 1-5 but change of pace and angled returns helped them make it 5-7 with the former standing tall at the front court and producing a net kill. A couple of net errors from Chirag during flat exchanges gave Kang and Seo a six-point advantage.
Kang and Seo defended well, while India's attack seemed to lose a bit of sting as the Koreans grabbed a 10-point advantage at 15-5. Kang stepped up with his serve and showed good variations. He and Seo held 10 game points and they converted in the second chance to roar back into the contest.
In the decider, Kang and Seo kept a high tempo with the former flying across the front court as they led 9-5. The Koreans didn't allow Satwik-Chirag to play their attacking game.
Another exciting rally ensued with the Indians finding the net as Kang and Seo grabbed a five-point cushion at the interval. After the change of sides, Satwik stepped up at the front court as the momentum seemed to change in India's favour with Kang and Seo committing a service error and then finding the net.
The Koreans opted for low serve but Chirag was upto the task as they brought the equation down to two points at 13-15 soon. Satwik then sent one to the corners, while Chirag unleashed a smash as one point separated the two pairs at 15-16.
A superb low shot from forehand corner from Satwik was negated by Chirag's net error. Kang then sent one down the line to put themselves two points away from the title.
Kang next committed an unforced error, while Chirag dominated a flat exchange as it was 18-19. The Koreans grabbed two championships point when Satwik sent one wide.
It was all over when Chirag sent one to the net and fell on the floor.
(With PTI inputs)
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