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Badminton pair Shetty, Rankireddy ousted in game of arithmetics

By, New Delhi
Jul 27, 2021 10:03 PM IST

Despite the same number of wins (2), losses (1) and points (2), the Indian pair was ousted while the other two progressed to the quarter-finals.

Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy won two of their three badminton doubles Group A matches in the Olympics. So did Indonesia’s Marcus Gideon and Kevin Sukamuljo and Chinese Taipei’s Lee Yang and Wang Chi-lin. Despite the same number of wins (2), losses (1) and points (2), the Indian pair was ousted while the other two progressed to the quarter-finals.

India's Chirag Shetty (R) hits a shot next to India's Satwiksairaj Rankireddy. (Getty Images)
India's Chirag Shetty (R) hits a shot next to India's Satwiksairaj Rankireddy. (Getty Images)

Reason: Group stage qualification. Since the format was introduced in 2012 London, changing from a straight knockout, it has worked for some, but not for others like the world No.10 Indian pair, eliminated in Tokyo via game difference—like goal difference in football. They finished third in the group of four.

The world No.1 Indonesian pair topped the group with a +3 game difference (games won minus games lost) and the world No.3 Chinese Taipei combine, stunned by Shetty and Rankireddy in the opener, advanced with a +2 difference. The Indians were only +1.

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On Tuesday, Shetty and Rankireddy earned a 21-17, 21-19 win in 42 minutes over Great Britain’s Ben Lane and Sean Vendy at the Musashino Forest Sports Plaza, their first victory in two meetings against the world No.18s. By then the qualifiers from the group was clear.

It was a tough group with three top-10 pairs but it was the straight games loss against Gideon and Sukamuljo on Monday that cost Shetty and Rankireddy.

A lot depended on the match between Gideon/Sukamuljo and Lee/Wang as the Taipei pair losing would have led to Shetty and Rankireddy’s qualification.

But minutes before the Indian pair stepped on to the court, Lee and Wang had won in three games over the Indonesians, rendering the match against the Great Britain pair inconsequential.

“We knew the moment Lee Yang and Wang Chi-Lin won, we didn’t stand a chance,” Shetty said. “They won in two games and we won in three. We feel sad. Unfortunately, even after winning two matches in the group, we don’t go through. That is badminton and we have to live with it.”

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The result was akin to 2012 London where Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa were eliminated in women’s doubles as they finished third despite winning two matches with the top two going through.

“Because of that (Indonesians losing), we came into it (the match) thinking it was going to be our last game in the Olympics,” said Rankireddy. “So, we weren’t under pressure. We kept it simple. But it was disappointing to see the Indonesians lose. We have learnt so much from this badminton experience; there are a lot of positives to take home.”

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