India’s badminton duo, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty, showcased exceptional skill and determination at the All England Open 2024, marking a remarkable start to their campaign. In a stunning display of prowess, they effortlessly outclassed the formidable three-time world champions, Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan, at the Utilita Arena in Birmingham. Building on their recent success at the French Open 2024, Satwik and Chirag maintained their winning momentum with a commanding 21-18, 21-14 victory over the top-seeded Indonesian pair. This triumph not only highlights their outstanding abilities on the court but also solidifies their position as formidable contenders in the world of badminton.

With the unexpected elimination of reigning men’s doubles world champions Kang Min-hyuk and Seo Seung-jae in the initial round, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty find themselves in a promising position to make history. Poised and determined, they stand on the brink of becoming the first Indian doubles pair to clinch the coveted All England Open title. Their impressive performance in the tournament thus far has garnered attention and anticipation from fans worldwide. As they continue their pursuit of victory, Satwik and Chirag carry the hopes and aspirations of a nation, poised to etch their names in the annals of badminton history.

Lakshya Sen progresses to round 2:

In the men’s singles category, Lakshya Sen continues to impress, securing victory in his first-round match against Magnus Johannesen with a scoreline of 21-14, 21-14. Sen, who recently reached the semifinals of the French Open, is now preparing to face Anders Antonsen in the second round. Antonsen, ranked third globally and a silver medalist at the World Championships, poses a significant challenge for Sen.

Unfortunately, Priyanshu Rajawat faced defeat in his match against Chico Aura Dwi Wardoyo of Indonesia, with Wardoyo emerging victorious with a score of 21-19, 11-21, 21-9. Despite the loss, Rajawat showed resilience in the hard-fought battle against the World No. 29.

In the women’s doubles category, Tanisha Castro and Ashwini Ponnappa showcased their skills with a convincing victory over Yeung Nga Ting and Yeung Pui Lam of Hong Kong China, winning with a score of 21-13, 21-18. They are now advancing to the pre-quarterfinals where they will face Zhang Shuxian and Zheng Yu from the People’s Republic of China.

However, Rutaparna and Swetaparna Panda faced disappointment as they were eliminated from the tournament after a comprehensive defeat against Japan’s Rin Iwanaga and Kie Nakanishi, with a score of 21-9, 21-9.


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