NEW DELHI: Regardless of the evident disappointment of lacking out on the Indian Open title, star India shuttler Satwiksairaj Rankireddy expressed a constructive perspective on Sunday stating ‘dropping is healthier than profitable at all times’ and expressed hope that the defeat within the last would function motivation for him and his doubles accomplice Chirag Shetty.
The house favorites Satwik and Chirag concluded the India Open Tremendous 750 badminton match in New Delhi with their second consecutive runner-up end, falling quick in a tense last towards world champions Kang Min Hyuk and Website positioning Sang Jae.
“I feel sometimes losing is better than winning always. There have been few tournaments where we lost and then we got lucky to win but I feel when it matters, it will come, we just need to hang in there,” Satwik advised reporters.
“Playing back-to-back tournaments is tough for us. There are a lot of good things to take. We wanted to hit the podium but we are disappointed we could not win but we are still hungry. We are not satisfied. So that will pump us.
“Subsequent few days, we’re taking off after which we begin once more for All England and French Open. So dropping is healthier typically. I really feel it’ll give us quite a lot of motivation,” added the 23-year-old.
Satwik and Chirag, the Asian Games champions, lost 21-15, 11-21, 18-21 to Kang and Seo after the two pairs fought for 65 minutes for some breath-taking badminton at the KD Jadhav Indoor stadium here.
“General, I feel we’re unhappy, dropping that last in our house match, however the previous two weeks have been actually good. However yeah, I feel that title nonetheless eludes,” Chirag said.
“It can come, we simply need to maintain our heads down and maintain working. And the massive titles will come.”
The Indian duo, who won the 2022 edition, had finished runners-up at the Malaysia Super 1000 last week as well. They had also finished second best at the China Masters last year.
“There may be fatigue. We have by no means performed back-to-back finals in our total lives, most likely in problem tournaments, however by no means in Tremendous 500 or Tremendous 750. So the constructive factor is that we’re taking part in fairly persistently,” Chirag said.
“The not-so-good factor is that we could not win the finals. However clearly, you possibly can’t win every part. Our goal is to win different massive occasions. And I do know that finally, issues will flip in our favour. We simply want to stay proper there.
“But to look at the larger picture, we are happy that we could play the finals. Eventually, we will get that.”
Analysing their efficiency, Satwik mentioned: “I feel in Malaysia we played like 80% of attacking game, we didn’t use our defence. Here also in the starting few matches, we kept on attacking. In the semis and quarterfinals, we used a little bit of our defense.
“I really feel like there may be way more in our tank and we are able to play an all-around sport. At the moment, that was a minus factor. We may have used the total courtroom and we may have moved them, then issues may have been completely different.
“The biggest positive thing is mentally we are there and physically can be much better. We get tired because we both love to play attacking badminton and that’s why we get tired and get injuries easily.”
Chirag mentioned defending the Thomas Cup title in Might shall be one of many greatest targets this yr.
“We want to do well at the Asian Team Championships but our main goal would be to do well at the Thomas Cup. We are the defending champions there. And we want to be on the podium, but hopefully retain, retain our title.”
Whereas the Indian duo determined to drag out of subsequent week’s Indonesia Masters Tremendous 500, Satwik mentioned the goal for them stays to make the rostrum within the tournaments that they compete in.
“Right now, we are not playing Indonesia,” Satwik mentioned.
“We wanted to play less tournament but more quality. So that was the key in 2023 as well. We could have played 15-16 tournaments and we could have qualified for the World Tour Finals but our target was not to get injured, whatever we were playing, the final was our target.
“So now we performed group championship after which French and All England, after which we take it from there on.”
(With inputs from PTI)