2024 French Open Winners: Ultimate Duo Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty

Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty, the dynamic Indian duo in the world of badminton, once again showcased their prowess on the courts of Paris, claiming victory at the French Open for the second time. Their triumph in the men's doubles final over Lee Jhe-Huei and Yang Po-Hsuan from Chinese Taipei was not only dominant but also a testament to their consistency and skill. Having previously finished as runners-up in 2019 and then clinching the title in 2022, the Indian pair's love affair with Paris continued to flourish. 

In a display of sheer brilliance, Satwik and Chirag outplayed their opponents with a straight-game victory, triumphing 21-11, 21-17 in just 37 minutes. This victory marked their return to the top of the podium in the Super 750 tournament, kickstarting their season with a well-deserved crown after reaching the summit clash for the third time in 2023. 

Despite facing setbacks earlier in the year, finishing as runners-up in various prestigious tournaments, Satwik and Chirag remained undeterred. Their perseverance paid off in Paris, where they clinched their seventh BWF World Tour title without dropping a single game throughout the week.

French Open 2024 badminton: Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy win  men's doubles title
Satwiksairaj Rankireddy (L) and Chirag Shetty (R) (Credit: 

Their success in Paris not only solidified their position as one of the top pairs in international badminton but also fueled speculation about their prospects at the upcoming Paris Olympics. With their coach Pullela Gopichand expressing confidence in their ability to claim the coveted gold medal, all eyes are now on Satwik and Chirag as they continue their journey towards Olympic glory. 

Reflecting on their triumph, Chirag expressed the significance of winning at the Olympic venue, acknowledging the special bond they share with Paris. However, he remained focused on the challenges ahead, emphasizing the need to maintain their momentum for future tournaments. The celebration that ensued after their  victory was a testament to the camaraderie and chemistry between Satwik and Chirag. Their traditional post-win ritual, with Satwik lifting Chirag in jubilation, followed by a spontaneous dance with their rackets, captured the joy and euphoria of their triumph. 

Satwik attributed their success to their determination to enjoy the game and give their best on the court. He highlighted the importance of regaining their rhythm and momentum, crediting their coach Mathias Boe for encouraging them to have fun and play without pressure. 

Despite their impeccable record against Lee and Yang, Satwik and Chirag remained cautious, acknowledging the formidable challenge posed by their opponents. Lee and Yang, coming off a victory at the German Open, were in formidable form, requiring the Indian duo to stay focused and resilient throughout the match. The match itself was a display of precision and strategy from Satwik and Chirag. Their sharp attacks and solid defense kept their opponents on the back foot, forcing errors and capitalizing on opportunities to seize control of the game. 

As the match progressed, Satwik and Chirag maintained their composure, rallying back from early deficits and capitalizing on crucial points to secure victory. Their ability to adapt to the changing dynamics of the game and execute their game plan with precision was commendable.

It feels really sweet” - Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty on their  triumphant outing at the French Open in “second home” Paris
Satwiksairaj Rankireddy (R) and Chirag Shetty (L) (Credit: 

In the end, as they clinched victory with a flurry of smashes and strategic plays, Satwik and Chirag's joy was palpable. With their eyes set on future challenges and greater achievements, they celebrated their triumph with humility and determination, setting the stage for more success in the days to come.

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