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Satwik-Chirag broke into Top 20 in the Latest BWF World Rankings

By: Swetha Reddy
Date: 23 Mar, 2018
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Indian badminton men’s doubles pair, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty, jumped to 20th spot in the updated BWF badminton rankings on Thursday.

By this, the duo - aged 17 and 20 respectively - broke into top 20 and reached their career best world rankings. This is a big boost for the young lads ahead of their debut campaign at the 2018 Commonwealth Games at Gold Coast City from April 4-15.

Which means, India now has seven badminton players in top 20, Kidambi Srikanth at World No. 2 spot, HS Prannoy back to 12th, B Sai Praneeth slipping to 15, PV Sindhu remaining at 3rd and Saina Nehwal at 12th.   

It’s just been few years since Satwik joined Pullela Gopichand Badminton Academy. He has been marking smashing records with Chirag on the international platform in the men’s doubles category from India, surpassing the pair of Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy. Satwik, also been sharing the snapping chemistry with the ace shuttler Ashwini Ponnappa in the mixed doubles category - currently at the 58th position in the world rankings - who are yet to make great records in the mixed doubles category.

Satwik and Chirag are yet to finish together at the podium, and hopefully they would achieve the massive success at the upcoming Commonwealth Games.

Their success story awed from the outset in 2016 when they won the Tata Open India International Challenge followed by wins in Mauritius and Bangladesh. In 2017, the duo created the big upset when they defeated former Olympic and world champion Markis Kido and Hendra Gunawan in the finals to lift the trophy.

The duo qualified for the World Championships in 2017 and reached as far as the quarter-finals of the Korea Open and the French Open.

In 2018, the duo made the way to semi-finals of the Indonesia Masters and qualified for the recently concluded All England Open ending their way in the quarter-finals by the London Olympics silver medallist Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen.

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