After winning their first BWF Super 500 title with Thailand Open, the eye of the duo of exuberant Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy next week Hone Wa Lee holds on to medal at the World Championships. Chirag and Satwiksairaj became India's first doubles pair to win the BWF Super 500 title last Sunday and also managed to make it to the top 10 thanks to this success.
The success of Chirag and Satwiksairaj is also important because nine of the world's top 10 pairs were playing in that tournament. The Indian pair took the final in Bangkok in the final and defeated the defending world champion duo of Lu Yu Chen. Chirag said that this performance gave him the confidence to win a medal at the World Championship.
Chirag said, "The world championship is next week and we have done well before this competition. Most of the top players took part in Thailand. We know that we will not come out as a strong contender but this (title in Thailand) is expected to win a medal. "
He said, "We have the potential to become world champions. The level of Thailand Open was high. It was easily of World Championship level so I think we have a chance to win a medal. "
Thanks to this spectacular performance, the duo of Chirag and Satwiksairaj jumped seven places to reach ninth position in the world rankings. Chirag said that his eyes are now on maintaining a place in the top 10 by the end of the year, to ensure a place in the Tokyo Olympics.
Chirag, 22, of Mumbai, said, "The goal is to retain the top 10 in the next six months. It will be very difficult, we have won most of the points from the tournaments between September and December last year. "We have to make it to the quarter-finals and semi-finals of the tournaments and also try to win the title, this will give us There will be a chance to make it to the top five early next year. "
Chirag said, "If we remain in the top 10 by the end of this year, we will be in the top 10 before the Tokyo Olympic qualification because we won't have to defend the ranking points early next year because this year we Did not play between January to April. "
The pair reached the semi-finals of the French Open Super 750, the quarter-finals of the China Open Super 750, and the final of the Syed Modi International, following which Satwiksairaj's injury forced them to stay away from the tournaments for four months.