Injury forces Satwik and Chirag to withdraw from the BWF World Tour Finals.
On Thursday, top-seeded Indonesian pair Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo were given a walkover by Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty, who are ranked 11th in the world.
Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty, India’s best doubles combo, were forced to withdraw from the present BWF World Tour Finals after the former complained of knee soreness.
After completing in the semifinals of the Indonesia Open Super 1000 tournament last week, Satwik and Chirag, ranked 11th in the world, became the first Indian men’s doubles combination to qualify for the coveted season-ending competition.
On Wednesday, the Indians fell 16-21 5-21 to Denmark’s Kim Astrup and Anders Skaarup Rasmussen in their first Group A round-robin match, then on Thursday, they were given a walkover by top seeded Indonesian pair Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo.
“Actually, Satwik has been suffering from knee pain for a few weeks. He had to play with it because we didn’t have time to rest it. Chirag told PTI, “We have opted to rest it now so that we can be fit for the global championships.”
“Because his movement is hampered by the injury, we decided to rest him for a few days.” Because worlds are more essential,” the Mumbai-based 24-year-old stated.
At the World Championships, which will be held in Huelva, Spain from December 12 to 19, the Indian duo has been seeded eighth and will receive a first round bye.
The Commonwealth Games silver medalists, who were forced to withdraw from the 2019 World Championships owing to injury, are excited to compete in this edition.
“He had this during the Olympics but it reappeared again,” Chirag remarked when asked how Satwik got the injury.
Satwik and Chirag have been playing together since October, competing in the Thomas and Uber Cup Final, the Danish Open, the French Open, the Indonesia Masters, and the Indonesia Open before qualifying for the World Tour Finals.
They won all of their Thomas Cup matches and advanced to the quarterfinals and semifinals of the French Open and the Indonesia Open, respectively.