Malaysia Open: Satwick and Chirag lose to world No. 1 pair in final | Sports News

KUALA LUMPUR: India’s Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty stumbled across the finish line, losing narrowly to world number one Liang Weiken and Wang Zhang of China in the men’s doubles final here on Sunday. This brought an end to his dream run in the Malaysia Open Super 1000.

Asian Games gold medalists Satwik and Chirag squandered their opening match advantage and 11-7 lead in the decider, losing to Liang and Wang 21-9, 18-21, 17-21 in the summit showdown. A pair showing exquisite stroke play.

“I’m happy with how we played in the tournament, but it’s a little disappointing that we couldn’t control our nerves. We played under much more pressure than they did in the final stages and made some stupid mistakes, but they We kept the pressure on and hopefully we can win.’Next time we will get revenge,” Satwik said after the match.

“I expected it to be tough after the change of ends. I was hoping we could hold a 4-5 lead going into the final stretch. We had a few hiccups here and there, but after that it was 12-12. It was the same.”This kind of situation also happened at the Malaysian Open and the British Open last year,” he added.

It was the Indians’ fourth loss against Liang and Wang. Satwik and Chirag’s only win came when they won the Korea Open Super 500 title last year.

In fast playing conditions, the Indians dominated the game from the start, increasing their lead to 5-1 with the help of angular returns and precise placement.

Satwik and Chirag seemed to be in control, but their opponents were running short, fast-paced rallies that made them a little nervous.

The Indians had a seven-point advantage when China found the net.

The targeted return of the Indians often cramped the Chinese patrolling the forecourts. The Indians quickly took an 18-9 lead and grabbed the opening goal with Liang’s wide and long shot.

After the change of ends, it was time for the Chinese pair to extend their lead to 8-2 as the Indians missed their mark multiple times. As the Chinese duo led 9-5, Satwik also made a service error and Chirag mistimed his return to serve, giving Liang and Wang an 11-6 advantage.

This match didn’t see many smashes as neither pair attempted to lift and kept the shuttle flat during the rally. The focus was on finding gaps and angles without sacrificing pace.

After the restart, the Indians began to draw out mistakes from their opponents and extended their lead to 15-17. Satwik’s short serve gave the Chinese player two game points, and Liang sealed it with a deadly return and roared back into the match.

The deciding match began with the same breathtaking speed, with the Indians leading 4-2 after Liang was called for a service fault from height.

Back on the winning side, the Indians looked spooky again, waltzing in with quick points to go up 10-3 and take four points at the final break.

Sirag was great at the net, pouncing on the slightest weakness, but things started to change after the restart, as Wang stepped forward and dominated the front court, quickly tying the score at 12-12 with a flick serve. .

Satwick looked a little wobbly at the end as he conceded a few points with a flat push. In one such scene, China extended their lead to 14-13 for the first time when Satwik went wide on a flat exchange.

Liang, who had seemed a little calm so far, regained his composure as soon as the Chinese team took a 19-16 lead.

A fake cross-court drop shot earned the Chinese four championship points. The Indians saved one person before the Chinese closed the door.

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