Archive photo of Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy© TNZT
Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty signed a first bronze medal in the men’s doubles competition of the World Championships after narrowly deviating from Malaysia’s Aaron Chia and Soh Wooi Yik in the semi-finals on Saturday. The world’s 7th Indian was flattered to cheat when it squandered an opening match advantage by putting down 22-20 18-21 16-21 in a pulse-pounding 77-minute clash to end the Indian challenge at the prestigious tournament.
It was the sixth consecutive defeat to the Malaysian duo for Satwik and Chirag, who had lost to the same combination in the mixed team final of the Commonwealth Games early this month.
Despite the loss, it was a creditable show from the young Indian pair as it ensured India continued to return with a medal from the World Championships since 2011, the year the country won its first doubles match with Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa returning with a bronze medal.
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