Badminton at Tokyo Olympics 2020: Satwik-Chirag stun World No. 3 Lee Yang, Wang Chi-Lin to kick off campaign

Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty who were all but written out of their opening encounter produced a stunning display of grit to topple the World number three pair.

Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty
Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty

The Indian duo of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty kick off their Tokyo Olympics campaign with a stunning win. Satwik-Chirag stunned the third-seeded duo of Lee Yang and Wang Chi-Lin in their opening encounter. The Indian duo defeated Lee Yang and Wang Chi-Lin 21-16, 16-21, 27-25 in the Group A game at the Musashino Forest Plaza Court 3.

Satwik and Chirag took the first game 21-16 as the young duo brought their A-game to the court. The Chinese Taipei duo had no clue as to what was being thrown at them, but they did stage a comeback in the second game. Winning it 21-16 they send the match into the third and deciding game where the duo of Satwik and Chirag prevailed.

Satwik-Chirag prove their mettle on Olympic debut

Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty (Satwik-Chirag)
Satwiksairaj and Chirag

The pair of Satwik and Chirag made a huge statement on their Olympic debut, pulling off the very first upset of the event. The Chinese Taipei pair have had a solid 2021 season. They were the clear favorites heading into this match but Satwik and Chirag proved their mettle to win the encounter by taking home a thrilling final game.

Earlier, India shuttler Sai Praneeth lost his group stage match against Israel’s Misha Zilberman. Zilberman defeated the Indian 21-17, 21-15 in the Group D match. While the Indians pulled an unexpected upset in the doubles game, they were shocked in another in the singles event, which was clearly not expected from Praneeth.

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