Sunday, 21 Jul 2024

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Like all top pairs, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty have the confidence and ability to overcome setbacks during a match. However, their secret weapon is trust. This unseen ingredient is what contributes to their impressive results.

Their recent quarterfinal match at the YONEX French Open 2024 is a perfect example of their resilience. Despite starting off behind against Supak Jomkoh and Kittinupong Kedren, they never showed any vulnerability. Inevitably, they closed the gap and secured the first game, eventually winning the match. This victory brings them one step closer to their fourth consecutive final.

According to Shetty, their friendship off the court plays a significant role in their success. “On the court, we play an attacking game, but off the court, we are good friends, and that helps us both,” he said.

Rankireddy also emphasized the importance of trust between them. “At crucial times, I trust him and he trusts me. I know that he has my back, and I have his. This gives us peace of mind. If Chirag serves perfectly, I have confidence that we’ll catch it. And if the shuttle comes to me, I’ll do my duty.”

Despite not playing their best game, they were able to adjust and outperform their opponents. They recognized their experience advantage and used it to their benefit. Shetty’s strong serving and Rankireddy’s confidence from the backcourt were key to their victory.

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Ohori Surprised by Tai’s Speed

In the world of badminton, Aya Ohori stands out as one of the few players who have been able to defeat Tai Tzu Ying in the past year. She has beaten Tai in the Asian Games quarterfinals and came close to repeating that feat at the last French Open.

Heading into their quarterfinal match, Ohori was hopeful of replicating her past success. However, Tai proved to be too strong and swiftly took control of the match, winning 21-17 21-10.

Commenting on the match, Ohori acknowledged that Tai’s skills have always been superior to hers. She had previously been able to compete with her in terms of speed, but this time, Tai was playing at an even higher speed. Ohori felt that she could only defeat Tai through physicality or speed, but Tai outperformed her in both areas. Despite having her chances at 17-all in the first game, Ohori’s legs seemed to give up on her.



“Pusarla V Sindhu, after falling to Chen Yu Fei, said, “Physically, I was fine. I’m doing well after coming back from injury. There were long matches, and I could sustain. There’s a lot to learn, and I’m happy to be back on track. I wanted to see where I was. There’s a lot to learn and move forward.”

Kunlavut Vitidsarn, after beating Wang Tzu Wei, shared, “I need to learn about the conditions in the stadium and how to control the shuttle. The drift changes every day, and some sides are more challenging to control. Everyone is finding it challenging. Today was a pressure game, and I could control things better than yesterday. I’m very happy with my condition.”

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In conclusion, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty’s ability to trust each other and their friendship off the court contribute to their success as a pair. Their recent victory at the YONEX French Open 2024 is a testament to their resilience and adaptability. Despite facing setbacks, they were able to adjust and use their experience to secure the win. Similarly, Aya Ohori’s encounter with Tai Tzu Ying highlights the challenge of competing against a player of superior skills and speed. It is essential for players to continue learning and improving to stay competitive in the world of badminton.