French Open 2022 badminton: Chirag Shetty-Satwiksairaj Rankireddy wins maiden BWF Super 750 title
India’s Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy won the French Open 2022 men’s doubles title and bagged their maiden BWF Super 750 crown.
The Indian doubles pair beat Chinese Taipei’s Lu Ching Yao and Yang Po Han in the final to become the first Indian doubles team to win a Super 750 tournament.
The Indian badminton pair, who knocked out Japanese top seeds Takuro Hoki and Yugo Kobayashi in the quarters, beat Chinese Taipei’s Lu Ching Yao and Yang Po Han 21-13, 21-19 in the final.
This was Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy’s fourth BWF World Tour title, but the previous three were lower tier tournaments. Their first, the Hyderabad Open 2018, was a Super 100 tournament while the Thailand Open 2019 and India Open 2022 were both Super 500 events.
The win also makes Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy the first Indian doubles pair to clinch a BWF Super 750 crown. The duo had also made it to the 2019 French Open final but lost the title decider to Indonesian aces Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo.
This was also the first time since Partho Ganguli and Vikram Singh’s triumph in 1983 that an Indian men’s doubles pair won the French Open badminton title.