Meet Satwiksairaj Rankireddy The Pride Of Indian Badminton

In this article, we will look at the journey of one of India’s young sensations Satwiksairaj Rankireddy who has grown his game tremendously in last few years.

India has produced many quality players across various sports be it Cricket Badminton, Hockey or any other discipline the country has always performed well on the world stage on most occasions. If we talk specifically about Badminton then the sport has seen several great players over a while like Saina Nehwal PV Sindhu, Chirag Shetty, and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy to name some.

In this article, we will look at the journey of one of India’s young sensations Satwiksairaj Rankireddy who has grown his game tremendously in the last few years.

Satwiksairaj Rankireddy: The Pride Of India

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The Initial Days

Like any other young boy in India Satwiksairaj was trained by his father Kasi Vishwanath while growing up where he participated in various tournaments at the district level. His first moment of recognition came when he won the sub-junior state championship in the U-13 category.

He was then guided by Pullela Gopichand under whom his career started to grow as he won the Sub-Junior Nationals Badminton with  Krishna Prasad Garaga in the U-17 category.

The Performance

In 2015 the duo won its first-ever international tournament by winning the title of the Asian Junior Badminton Championship in the U-17 category. Satwiksairaj won his first-ever international title with the mixed doubles pair of Kullapalli Maneesha at the Tata Open India International. Building on his good performances Satwiksairaj won four doubles and three mixed doubles titles in tournaments like. International Challenge Series at the Mauritius International, India International Series, Tata Open India International, and Bangladesh International.

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The Growth 

In November 2016 Satwiksairaj won his first senior men’s doubles title with Chirag Shetty and Mixed doubles titles with Kukkapalli Maneesha at the 81st Senior National Badminton Championships held in Patna. In 2017 Satwiksairaj was able to defend his title in the mixed doubles category with Ashwini Ponnapa but was defeated in the men’s doubles category at the 82nd Senior National Badminton Championships held in Pune.

The Achievements

Although Satwiksairj doesn’t have as many achievements in the singles category the pair of him and Chiarg Shetty have taken the Badminton world by storm through their performances in most of the tournaments across the globe. It all started with them winning the Thailand Open Doubles title in 2019 after defeating the Chinese pair of Li Junhui and Liu Yuchen and becoming the first Indian pair to win the Super 500 series title. In 2022 the pair was a part of the Indian team that registered a historic win in the Thomas Cup.

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Learning The Smash

Talking about the smash in a recent interview Satwiksairaj said that he learned to play the shot after watching Volleyball. According to him “I learned the smash from volleyball, how players jump and smash. It looks like a heroic movement and that is how I started learning my jump when I was young. Nobody taught me this and I think the smash has achieved success somehow. I try taking a peripheral view to subconsciously sense where the opponents are standing. Earlier, I used to play a lot with angles and hit the line, but now I try hitting towards the opponent’s body.”

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