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Satwiksairaj Rankireddy

Satwiksairaj Rankireddy
Rankireddy in August 2022
Personal information
CountryIndia
Born (2000-08-13) 13 August 2000 (age 23)
Amalapuram, East Godavari District, Andhra Pradesh, India
Height1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight77 kg (170 lb)
Years active2015-present
HandednessRight handed
CoachMathias Boe
Men's & mixed doubles
Career record322 wins, 162 losses
Highest ranking1 (MD with Chirag Shetty, 10 October 2023)
19 (XD with Ashwini Ponnappa, 2 February 2021)
Current ranking3 (MD with Chirag Shetty, 11 June 2024)
Medal record
Men's badminton
Representing  India
World Championships
Bronze medal – third place 2022 Tokyo Men's doubles
Thomas Cup
Gold medal – first place 2022 Bangkok Men's team
Commonwealth Games
Gold medal – first place 2018 Gold Coast Mixed team
Gold medal – first place 2022 Birmingham Men's doubles
Silver medal – second place 2018 Gold Coast Men's doubles
Silver medal – second place 2022 Birmingham Mixed team
Asian Games
Gold medal – first place 2022 Hangzhou Men's doubles
Silver medal – second place 2022 Hangzhou Men's team
Asian Championships
Gold medal – first place 2023 Dubai Men's doubles
Asia Team Championships
Bronze medal – third place 2016 Hyderabad Men's team
Bronze medal – third place 2020 Manila Men's team
BWF profile

Satwiksairaj Rankireddy (born 13 August 2000) is an Indian badminton player.[1][2] He and his partner, Chirag Shetty, are the only doubles pair from India to become World No. 1 in BWF World Ranking, win BWF World Tour 1000 series, and became the first Indians to win a gold at the Asian games in badminton. Also, they became the 5th pair in men's doubles history to achieve 100000 points in the BWF ranking.[3]

He achieved a new Guinness World Record for the fastest hit in badminton by a male player, with his smash reaching a speed of 565 km/h.[4][5]

Early life and background

Rankireddy hails from a town named Amalapuram in the state of Andhra Pradesh and started playing badminton after following in the footsteps of his father, who was a state-level player in the past, as well his elder brother. In 2014, he joined the Pullela Gopichand Academy in Hyderabad and decided to become a doubles specialist.[6]

Career

2018

In 2018, Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty played a crucial role in earning India the historic gold medal in the Mixed Team event at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, where they also won the men's doubles silver.[7] They won their first BWF World Tour title in Hyderabad Open after beating the Indonesian pair of Akbar Bintang Cahyono and Muhammad Reza Pahlevi Isfahani in the final.[8]

2019

In 2019, Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty became the first Indian doubles pair to win a BWF Superseries or BWF World Tour (Super 500+) title, when they won the Thailand Open title, beating the Chinese pair of Li Junhui and Liu Yuchen in the final.[9] They followed it up with a runner-up finish at the 2019 French Open, where they lost in the final to the Indonesian pair of Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo.[10]

2021

In 2021, Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty lost to the Indonesian duo of Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan in the second round to crash out of the 2020 Yonex Thailand Open.[11] In July, he and Shetty competed at the 2020 Summer Olympics, but were eliminated in the group stage, following a loss to Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo. However, they were the only pair in the entire tournament who defeated eventual gold medalists Lee Yang and Wang Chi-Lin, whom they had narrowly beaten in their first group stage encounter.[12] In December, Rankireddy and Shetty qualified for the BWF World Tour Finals for the first time in their career, but withdrew from the tournament after a loss in their first group stage match to the Danish pair of Kim Astrup and Anders Skaarup Rasmussen.

2022

In 2022, Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty started the year by winning the India Open.[13] They were also part of India's Thomas Cup winning team. In the final, having lost the first game to the Indonesian duo of Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo and Mohammad Ahsan, they displayed immense perseverance and tenacity to win the second game and close out the third game at 21–19, giving India a 2–0 lead over Indonesia. This was pivotal in helping India bag its maiden Thomas Cup trophy.[14] Rankireddy and Shetty then won the men's doubles gold at the Birmingham Commonwealth Games, beating the home pair of Ben Lane and Sean Vendy in the final.[15] At the BWF World Championships, Rankireddy and Shetty won a bronze medal, India's first-ever men's doubles medal at the tournament. They beat defending champions Takuro Hoki and Yugo Kobayashi in the quarterfinals, but lost in the semi-finals to eventual champions Aaron Chia and Soh Wooi Yik.[16] They then won their first ever BWF World Super 750 title in the French Open by beating Chinese Taipei pair Lu Ching-yao and Yang Po-han in the finals.[17]

2023

In 2023, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty won their first title as a pair in the 2023 Swiss Open (badminton), beating the Chinese pair of Ren Xiangyu and Tan Qiang in the final. The duo also crowned as Asian Champion after winning the 2023 Badminton Asia Championships held in Dubai. Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty won their first BWF World Super 1000 title by defeating Aaron Chia and Soh Wooi Yik in the final of 2023 Indonesia Open, thus becoming the first men's doubles pair from India to win the event.[18] Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty went on to win 2023 Korea Open defeating Indonesian Pair Fajar Alfian and Muhammad Rian Ardianto.

2024

With Chirag Shetty, he reached the final of Super 1000 event of 2024 Malaysia Open and lost to the Chinese pair of Liang Weikeng and Wang Chang. Then they reached another final this year at 2024 India Open and again reached finals but lost to the Korean pair of Kang Min-hyuk and Seo Seung-jae in a tough game. Then they finally achieved success by winning their first tour of this year in Super 750 event of 2024 French Open defeating Chinese Taipei pair of Lee Jhe-huei and Yang Po-hsuan in straight games easily.[19]

Honours

Achievements

World Championships

Men's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2022 Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium,
Tokyo, Japan
India Chirag Shetty Malaysia Aaron Chia
Malaysia Soh Wooi Yik
22–20, 18–21, 16–21 Bronze Bronze

Commonwealth Games

Men's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2018 Carrara Sports and Leisure Centre,
Gold Coast, Australia
India Chirag Shetty England Marcus Ellis
England Chris Langridge
13–21, 16–21 Silver Silver
2022 National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham, England India Chirag Shetty England Ben Lane
England Sean Vendy
21–15, 21–13 Gold Gold

Asian Games

Men's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2022 Binjiang Gymnasium, Hangzhou, China India Chirag Shetty South Korea Choi Sol-gyu
South Korea Kim Won-ho
21–18, 21–16 Gold Gold

Asian Championships

Men's doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2023 Sheikh Rashid Bin Hamdan Indoor Hall,
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
India Chirag Shetty Malaysia Ong Yew Sin
Malaysia Teo Ee Yi
16–21, 21–17, 21–19 Gold Gold

BWF World Tour (9 titles, 5 runners-up)

The BWF World Tour, which was announced on 19 March 2017 and implemented in 2018,[22] is a series of elite badminton tournaments sanctioned by the Badminton World Federation (BWF). The BWF World Tour is divided into levels of World Tour Finals, Super 1000, Super 750, Super 500, Super 300, and the BWF Tour Super 100.[23]

Men's doubles

Year Tournament Level Partner Opponent Score Result
2018 Hyderabad Open Super 100 India Chirag Shetty Indonesia Akbar Bintang Cahyono
Indonesia Moh Reza Pahlevi Isfahani
21–16, 21–14 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2018 Syed Modi International Super 300 India Chirag Shetty Indonesia Fajar Alfian
Indonesia Muhammad Rian Ardianto
11–21, 20–22 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2019 Thailand Open Super 500 India Chirag Shetty China Li Junhui
China Liu Yuchen
21–19, 18–21, 21–18 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2019 French Open Super 750 India Chirag Shetty Indonesia Marcus Fernaldi Gideon
Indonesia Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo
18–21, 16–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2022 India Open Super 500 India Chirag Shetty Indonesia Mohammad Ahsan
Indonesia Hendra Setiawan
21–16, 26–24 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2022 French Open Super 750 India Chirag Shetty Chinese Taipei Lu Ching-yao
Chinese Taipei Yang Po-han
21–13, 21–19 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2023 Swiss Open Super 300 India Chirag Shetty China Ren Xiangyu
China Tan Qiang
21–19, 24–22 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2023 Indonesia Open Super 1000 India Chirag Shetty Malaysia Aaron Chia
Malaysia Soh Wooi Yik
21–17, 21–18 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2023 Korea Open Super 500 India Chirag Shetty Indonesia Fajar Alfian
Indonesia Muhammad Rian Ardianto
17–21, 21–13, 21–14 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2023 China Masters Super 750 India Chirag Shetty China Liang Weikeng
China Wang Chang
19–21, 21–18, 19–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2024 Malaysia Open Super 1000 India Chirag Shetty China Liang Weikeng
China Wang Chang
21–9, 18–21, 17–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2024 India Open Super 750 India Chirag Shetty South Korea Kang Min-hyuk
South Korea Seo Seung-jae
21–15, 11–21, 18–21 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2024 French Open Super 750 India Chirag Shetty Chinese Taipei Lee Jhe-huei
Chinese Taipei Yang Po-hsuan
21–11, 21–17 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2024 Thailand Open Super 500 India Chirag Shetty China Chen Boyang
China Liu Yi
21–15, 21–15 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner

BWF International Challenge/Series (10 titles)

Men's doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2016 Mauritius International India Chirag Shetty India Dhruv Kapila
India Saurabh Sharma
21–12, 21–16 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2016 India International Series India Chirag Shetty Malaysia Goh Sze Fei
Malaysia Nur Izzuddin
8–11, 11–5, 7–11, 11–8, 11–5 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2016 Tata Open India International India Chirag Shetty India Arjun M.R.
India Ramchandran Shlok
10–12, 11–9, 11–7, 11–5 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2016 Bangladesh International India Chirag Shetty India M. Anilkumar Raju
India Venkat Gaurav Prasad
17–21, 21–7, 21–8 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2017 Vietnam International India Chirag Shetty Thailand Trawut Potieng
Thailand Nanthakarn Yordphaisong
17–21, 21–9, 21–15 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2019 Brazil International India Chirag Shetty Netherlands Jelle Maas
Netherlands Robin Tabeling
21–14, 21–18 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner

Mixed doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2015 Tata Open India International India K. Maneesha India Arun Vishnu
India Aparna Balan
21–13, 21–16 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2016 Mauritius International India K. Maneesha Malaysia Yogendran Khrishnan
India Prajakta Sawant
21–19, 11–21, 21–17 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2016 India International Series India K. Maneesha Malaysia Low Hang Yee
Malaysia Cheah Yee See
5–11, 11–8, 12–10, 11–8 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
2016 Bangladesh International India K. Maneesha Thailand Tanupat Viriyangkura
Thailand Thanyasuda Wongya
21–12, 21–12 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
  BWF International Challenge tournament
  BWF International Series tournament
  BWF Future Series tournament

BWF Junior International (1 title, 1 runner-up)

Boys' doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2014 India Junior International India Krishna Prasad Garaga India Arjun M. R.
India Chirag Shetty
7–11, 10–11, 6-11 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2015 India Junior International India Krishna Prasad Garaga Thailand W Sarapat
Thailand Panachai Worasaktayanan
21–15, 21–17 1st place, gold medalist(s) Winner
  BWF Junior International Grand Prix tournament
  BWF Junior International Challenge tournament
  BWF Junior International Series tournament
  BWF Junior Future Series tournament

Performance timeline

Key
W F SF QF #R RR Q# A G S B NH N/A DNQ
(W) won; (F) finalist; (SF) semi-finalist; (QF) quarter-finalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (G) gold, (S) silver or (B) bronze medal; (NH) not held; (N/A) not applicable; (DNQ) did not qualify.
To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated at the conclusion of a tournament or when the player's participation has ended.

National team

  • Junior level
Team events 2015 2016
World Junior Championships 9th QF
  • Senior level
Team events 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023 2024
Asia Team Championships B NH QF NH B NH A NH QF
Asia Mixed Team Championships NH QF NH A NH A NH
Asian Games NH QF NH S NH
Commonwealth Games NH G NH S NH
Thomas Cup RR NH A NH QF NH G NH QF
Sudirman Cup NH QF NH RR NH RR NH RR NH

Individual competitions

Junior level

  • Boys' doubles
Events 2015 2016
World Junior Championships 3R 4R
  • Mixed doubles
Events 2015 2016
World Junior Championships 2R QF

Senior level

Men's doubles
Events 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023 2024
Asian Championships A NH QF G w/d
Asian Games NH 2R NH G NH
Commonwealth Games NH S NH G NH
World Championships 1R 2R A NH 3R B QF NH
Olympic Games NH RR NH
Tournament BWF Superseries / Grand Prix BWF World Tour Best
2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023 2024
Malaysia Open A Q2 1R A NH 2R SF F F ('24)
India Open A 1R 2R A NH W 2R F W ('22)
Indonesia Masters A NH SF A 1R 1R A SF ('18)
French Open A QF SF F NH QF W 2R W W ('22, '24)
All England Open A 2R A 2R QF 2R 2R QF ('22)
Swiss Open A NH SF 2R W A W ('23)
Spain Masters NH A NH 1R A 1R ('23)
Thailand Open A A 1R W 2R NH A 2R W W ('19, '24)
SF
Malaysia Masters A 1R A 1R NH A 1R ('17, '20)
Singapore Open A Q2 2R A NH A 1R 1R 2R ('18)
Indonesia Open A 1R 1R 2R NH SF A W w/d W ('23)
U.S. Open A 1R A NH A 1R ('17)
Korea Open A QF A 1R NH QF W W ('23)
Japan Open A 1R 1R QF NH A QF QF ('19, '23)
Australian Open A 2R A 2R NH A 2R ('17, '19)
China Open A 1R 1R 2R NH 1R 2R ('19)
Hong Kong Open A 1R 1R NH A 1R ('18, '19)
Dutch Open A 1R A NH NA 1R ('17)
Hyderabad Open NA W A NA W ('18)
Denmark Open A 1R A 2R A 2R QF A QF ('22)
Hylo Open A QF A QF ('22)
Japan Masters NH 1R 1R ('24)
China Masters A QF SF NH F F ('23)
Syed Modi International 1R 1R F 1R NH A F ('18)
Superseries / Tour Finals DNQ RR DNQ RR ('21)
Year-end ranking 68 31 16 12 10 10 5 2 1
Tournament 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023 2024 Best

Record against selected opponents

Men's doubles results with Chirag Shetty against Year-end Finals finalists, World Championships semifinalists, and Olympic quarterfinalists. Accurate as of 17 March 2024.[24]

Awards and recognition

Guinness world record

Satwiksairaj Rankireddy set a new Guinness World Record for the fastest hit by a male player in badminton, with his smash reaching a speed of 565 km/h. The previous record of 493 km/h was held by Malaysian player Tan Boon Heong, set in May 2013.[5] Satwiksairaj Rankireddy made the record-breaking smash at the Yonex factory gymnasium in Soka, Saitama, Japan, under controlled conditions. Official judges from the Guinness World Records verified the speed measurement results, solidifying Satwik's historic achievement.

National

See also

References

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