Indian men’s doubles pair Satwik-Chirag lose French Open final, settle for silver

New Delhi: Indian men’s doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty finished second best after losing finals in straight games against top seeds Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo of Indonesia .

The Indian duo suffered a 18-21 16-21 loss to Marcus and Kevin, who are enjoying their 121st week as world no 1. Satwik and Chirag had come into the match with a 0-6 head-to-head record against the Indonesian pair. Satwik and Chirag, who had won their maiden Super 500 title at the Thailand Open in August, looked a bit nervy in the 35-minute final.

Despite the loss, the duo’s effort is commendable as this is the first time an Indian men’s doubles pair has reached a World Tour 750 final. Partho Ganguli and Vikram Singh were the last all-Indian pair to win the French Open in 1983. In singles, Kidambi Srikanth had won the men’s title in 2017, while Saina Nehwal was the only other Indian to make it to the women’s final in 2012.

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