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Satwik-Chirag Seek Revenge in India Open Quarterfinal
- Updated: January 19, 2024
In their pursuit of a second India Open title, Satwiksiraj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty are set to face a formidable Danish duo, Kim Astrup and Anders Skaarup Rasmussen, in the quarterfinals. Despite a challenging history against the Danish pair, the Indian second seeds remain focused on revenge after a narrow defeat at the World Championships. The article provides insights into their recent performance, strategic mindset, and the anticipation surrounding the upcoming clash.
Satwik and Chirag, aiming to claim the India Open title in front of home fans, have a 6-2 record against their Danish opponents. However, their most recent encounter at the World Championships ended in a quarterfinal loss, leaving them eager for redemption. The Indian pair has shown a penchant for seeking revenge, exemplified by their recent victory over Lu Ching Yao and Yang Po Han, who had previously defeated them in the Japan Masters.
The duo’s approach to their second-round match was refreshingly straightforward, openly acknowledging their intention to settle the score. Chirag emphasized the importance of revenge, stating, “It was a good win; we lost to them in the first round the last time, and we wanted to take revenge.” Their focused and charged-up performance resulted in a convincing 21-14, 21-15 win over the Chinese Taipei pair.
After reaching the final of the Malaysia Open Super 1000, Satwik and Chirag faced a smoother encounter in the India Open second round. They displayed a return to their attacking best, showcasing a stark contrast to their initial round, where they needed three games to secure a victory. The upcoming quarterfinal against the Danish pair promises to be a challenging match, given Astrup and Rasmussen’s recent morale-boosting win against a Chinese duo.
The Danish duo expressed confidence in their tactical abilities, emphasizing their strength in the service situation. Astrup pointed out the clash of styles between the two pairs, highlighting the Danish pair’s strategic approach. They acknowledged Satwik and Chirag as “world-class” but believe their smart gameplay could give them an edge.
Satwik and Chirag are aware of a recurring issue in conceding big leads in the second game, a trend observed in both the Malaysia Open and the initial India Open match. Despite fighting back in most instances, the duo recognizes the need to address this lapse in focus. Satwik mentioned their efforts to work on reducing the streak of points conceded, especially in the second game.
As the quarterfinal approaches, the Indian pair anticipates a high-intensity match against the Danish opponents. Chirag expects a close contest and promises to go “all guns blazing” in the pursuit of their best badminton. While the word “revenge” has already been used in reference to their recent victory, Indian badminton fans eagerly hope for a repeat scenario in the upcoming quarterfinal clash. The stage is set for an intense showdown between two formidable pairs at the India Open.
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By- Sahiba Suri