Top 5 matches featuring Indian shuttlers in 2017
These matches will be etched in the memory of Indian badminton fans for a long time.
2017 was a great year for India in badminton. Kidambi Srikanth became the first Indian to win four different Superseries titles, as he won the Indonesia Open, followed by Australian Open, Denmark Open and concluding a great year by winning the prestigious French Open. Srikanth also reached the Singapore Open final earlier in the year but lost to B. Sai Praneeth in the summit clash.
Meanwhile, HS Prannoy won the US Open after heartbreak in the Indonesia Open semi-final. PV.Sindhu won silver in the World Championships in Glasgow, and won the India Open and the Korea Open while Saina Nehwal, who was making a comeback bagged a bronze at the World Championships.
The shuttlers entertained the crowds with some absolute nail-biters in order to achieve these victories. Let's take a look at some of the most interesting matches played out this year that involved these Indian shuttlers.
#5 Chirag Shetty and Satviksairaj Rankireddy def. Mads Conrad-Petersen and Mads Pieler Kolding (French Open)
In October, the doubles pair of Chirag Shetty and Satviksairaj Rankireddy ranked No.32 defeated World No.6 duo of Danish shuttlers, Mads Conrad-Petersen and Mads Pieler Kolding in the French Open.
In the first game, the Indians took the lead 15 times but were pegged back every time till the score of 20-20. Then, Shetty and Satviksairaj scored two consecutive points to win the nail-biting game 22-20.
In the second game, the Danes got a good head-start with 5 consecutive points and ran away with the game, winning 21-12. In the decider, the Indian pair managed to get an early lead of 8-2, but the Danish pair clawed back, when they won four and three consecutive points bringing the score to 19-19. The World No.32 pair then won two points to the respite of many Indian fans, ensuring their qualification for the next round.
This victory helped them reach their second quarter-final of the season. In the quarter-final, they were knocked out by another Danish pair of Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen as they lost out 5-21, 21-17 and 17-21.