Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty in Indonesia Open

Indian duo Satwiksairaj Rankireddy-Chirag Shetty win the men’s doubles title at Indonesia Open

Indian shuttler duo Satwiksairaj Rankireddy-Chirag Shetty has made history. The duo defeated Malaysian world champions Aaron Chia and Soh Wooi Yik in the Indonesia Open Super 1000 event to lift the coveted trophy. This was the first time any Indian has won a Super 1000 badminton tournament.

The Indian badminton duo of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty managed to seal victory by a 21-17, 21-18 margin. The game saw the Indians stuttering at the start, however, they picked up the pace and by the end of the mid-game interval, they were leading 11-9. In contrast, the second game started and the Indians dominated the proceedings. Though the Malaysian pair did come close towards the end, they were unable to withstand the pressure and succumbed to it.

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Satwiksairaj Reddy was very ecstatic after the win. In a post-match presentation, he was quoted as saying, “It’s been an amazing week for us. I’m happy with the way we played today and the calm we had because we had never won against them. Our head-to-head against them was very bad. We wanted to do well.”

In other news, Viktor Axelsen defeated Indonesian Anthony Sinisuka Ginting. The World No. 1 player won in straight games (21-14, 21-13) to win the men’s singles title. While Chen Yufei of China was crowned the women’s singles champion after defeating Spain’s Carolina Marin 18-21, 19-21.

The women’s doubles final of the Indonesia Open was won by the South Korean duo of Lee So-hee and Baek Ha-na. The duo won 22-20, 21-10 against the terrific Japanese pair of Sayaka Hirota and Yuki Fukushima.

PV Sindhu

PV Sindhu defeats Tunjung; qualifies for pre-quarterfinals of Indonesia Open

After having a dismal season, star Indian shuttler PV Sindhu has gained her original form as she has reached the pre-quarterfinals of the Indonesian Open. The 2020 Tokyo Olympics bronze medal winner ousted Gregoria Mariska Tunjung in straight games in the opening round of the Indonesia Open World Tour Super 1000 event.

The former World Champion prevailed over her fierce competitor in straight sets (21-19, 21-15) to seal the pre-quarterfinals berth. This was also Sindhu’s first win against Tunjung in her last three games as she had lost to the Indonesian in the Madrid Masters final and Malaysian Masters semifinal earlier this year.

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With this win, Sindhu will have to pull her socks up as she faces third-seeded Tai Tzu Ying. The game won’t be easy for Sindhu as the Taiwanese is on an eight-match winning streak against the Indian badminton player and has a fantastic head-to-head record (18-5).

Additionally, Team India’s ace shuttler HS Prannoy also made his mark at the Indonesia Open. The badminton player defeated Japan’s Kento Nishimoto in straight sets (21-16, 21-14). Prannoy, who won the Malaysia Masters Super 300 event will now face Hong Kong’s NG Ka Long Angus.

Well, in the middle of such awesome achievements, there are some failures too. The Indian duo of Tressa Jolly and Gayatri Gopichand crashed out in the opening round of the tournament, losing to Japan’s Rin Iwanaga and Kie Nakanishi.

HS Prannoy

HS Prannoy defeats Weng; wins maiden BWF World Tour Title

India’s ace shuttler HS Prannoy has ended his wait for a World Tour Title. The Indian men’s singles shuttler fought hard to overcome China’s Weng Hongyang 21-19, 13-21, 21-18 in the Malaysian Masters final at the Axiata Arena yesterday.

“I can’t believe that I’ve won my first title,” said Prannoy. “The past seven years have been full of ups and downs for me. I was always reaching the quarter-finals and semi-finals but I’ve never been able to cross the finish line. But I’ve always trusted the process and my results improved last year, and I regained my confidence” he added.

With this win, World No. 9 Prannoy became the first Indian to capture the men’s singles title in the prestigious badminton tournament.

In addition, Japan’s world No. 1 Akane Yamaguchi defeated Indonesia’s world No. 9 Gregoria Mariska 21-17, 21-7 to win the women’s singles title. This was Yamaguchi’s second title in Malaysia this year after her Malaysian Open win in January.

In the post-match interview, Yamaguchi stated, “Malaysia is becoming a lucky place for me as this is my second title here this year. The fans here have always given me a lot of support.” She further added, “Moving forward, it’s important for me to keep playing with confidence.”

Viktor Axelsen

Viktor Axelsen thrashes Japan’s Kodai Naraoka to clinch the singles title at the Malaysian Open

Danish shuttler Viktor Axelsen successfully defended his singles title at the Malaysian Open 2023 after defeating Japan’s Kodai Naraoka 21-6, 21-15 in two straight games. The world number one needed only 40 minutes to secure the first trophy of the year.

Axelsen started the match with complete aggression, never allowing the opponent to settle. The tactic paid dividends for the Danish badminton player as he won the first game comfortably. Axelsen continued the strategy in the second game too. He kept up the pressure in the second game against a visibly exhausted opponent to clinch the win.


After the win, Axelsen was quoted as saying, “I just tried to play consistently at a high pace, and not give him many chances. If he wanted to win, he had to work really hard.” Axelsen appreciated Naraoka for the way he played in the final. He added, “I did feel tired coming into this game, but I still did my best. But he used his height well, and his smashes were too powerful for me.”

Additionally, Akane Yamaguchi defeated An Se-young to win the women’s singles final. Also, the Indonesian duo of Muhammad Rian Ardianto & Fajar Alfian managed to clinch the men’s doubles finals. The charismatic Chinese pair of Jia Yifan & Chen Qingchen won the women’s doubles. Another Chinese pair, Zheng Siwei & Huang Yaqiong, managed to go past Arisa Higashino & Yuta Watanabe to win the mixed doubles finals.

The best Indian Badminton Players to watch out for in the 2023 India Open

The best Indian Badminton Players to watch out for in the 2023 India Open

Badminton. It is one of the most watched sports in India. After Cricket and Football, Badminton manages to get the most viewership. Such is the popularity of the sport that it has a league of its own. Named Pro Badminton League, the Indian badminton league is one of the top badminton leagues in the world. Its playing field features the top Indian and international badminton talent in the world, including Olympic and World Championship Medal Winners.  

Players like PV Sindhu, Saina Nehwal, Lakshya Sen, Kidambi Srikanth and Parupalli Kashyap have become household names today. These badminton players have made the nation proud by representing the nation on the international podium and winning accolades. 

The YONEX Sunrise India Open 2023 will start on 17th January. Many Indian shuttlers will get a chance to showcase their talent. From Lakshya Sen to Krish Desai, many talented badminton players will be on the grandest stage. And the audience will have a keen eye on these shuttlers.

Here’s a closer look at the top 11 Indian Badminton Players to watch out for in the 2023 India Open tournament.

Men’s Singles

Priyanshu Rajawat

Priyanshu Rajawat is an Indian badminton player. He was part of the Indian team that won the 2022 Thomas Cup. The Indian shuttler has the highest World rank of 47. 

Priyanshu Rajawat with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi

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The teenage sensation has won the 2019 Bahrain International, 2021 Ukraine International, 2021 India International Challenge and 2022 India Chattisgarh International Challenge. Additionally, the shuttler was runner-up in the 2022 Bangladesh International.

Currently, the Indian badminton player has a World Tour rank of 51.


Women’s Singles

Aakarshi Kashyap

Aakarshi Kashyap is an Indian badminton player. She was selected to be part of the Indian team at the 2018 Asian Games. She was also a part of the national women’s team that won the gold medal in the 2019 South Asian Games.

Aakarshi Kashyap playing bafminton

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The high-profile shuttler has won 2020 Kenya International, 2022 Maldives International and 2022 Bangladesh International. Ms. Kashyap was on the losing end of the major finals twice. She lost the finals during the 2018 Bulgarian International and 2020 Uganda International. 

Currently, she has a World Rank of 32 in Women’s Singles and a World Tour Rank of 37.

Ashmita Chaliha

Ashmita Chaliha is an Indian badminton player. Born and brought up in Guwahati, she began playing badminton at the age of seven and trained at the Assam Badminton Academy under Indonesian coach Edwin Iriawan and India’s Suranjan Bhobora, she was also coached by Pullela Gopichand for the Asian Games. Chaliha was part of the national junior team that competed at the 2017 World and Asian Junior Championships.

Ashmita Chaliha pick up the shuttlecock by racket in badminton

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She was selected to be part of the Indian team for the 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia. Chaliha won her first senior international title at the 2018 Dubai International Challenge in the women’s singles event. She was the gold medalist at the 2019 South Asian Games in the women’s singles and team events.

The Indian shuttler won a Gold medal at the 2019 South Asian Games, winning two straight sets; 21–18 and 25–23. Ashmita Chaliha also won the 2018 Tata Open India International and 2018 Dubai International. Chaliha lost the 2022 Bangladesh International finals against Aakarshi Kashyap.

Tasnim Mir

Tasnim Mir is a former BWF World Junior Number 1 player. She is the first Indian to grab the World Number 1 ranking in the Under-19 girls singles in the BWF junior rankings. The feat hasn’t been achieved by any other badminton player,  including two-time Olympic medallist P V Sindhu and London bronze winner Saina Nehwal.

Tasnim Mir

                                                                                          Source: Twitter/ @Tasnimmir_india

Tasnim has won the 2022 Iran Fajr International and the 2022 India Chattisgarh International Challenge. As a junior, the shuttler has won the 2019 Dubai Junior International, 2020 Nepal Junior International, 2021 Bulgarian Junior International, 2021 Alpes Junior International and 2021 Belgian Junior International.

She has also participated in the doubles category. She has won the 2019 Dubai Junior International with Ayan Rashid. 

Women’s Doubles

Tanisha Crasto/ Ashwini Ponnappa

Tanisha Crasto & Ashwini Ponnappa

                                                                                                           Source: Indian Express

Former World Championship medallist Ashwini Ponnappa has teamed up with Tanisha Crasto. The formidable pairing will definitely be having a great YONEX Sunrise India Open. With Gayatri Gopichand and Treesa Jolly cracking the Top 20, Ashwini – Tanisha can get into the mix to offer two competitive challenges from the home side.

Tressa Jolly/ Gayatri Gopichand

Tressa Jolly and Gayatri Gopichand playing badminton


Gayatri Gopichand and Tressa Jolly are heavily bet to win big at the YONEX Sunrise India Open tournament. The duo, who are in incredible form, upset the second-seeded Korean pair of Lee Sohee and Shing Seungchan at the 2022 All-England Championships.

Mixed Doubles

Ishaan Bhatnagar/Tanisha Crasto

Ishaan Bhatnagar and Tanisha Crasto

                                                                                                           Source: Times of India

Eighteenth-seed Indians Ishaan Bhatnagar and Tanisha Crasto will be in the mix at YONEX Sunrise India Open. The duo, who have already clinched the mixed doubles title at the Syed Modi International badminton tournament, will look to add more to their tally. 

Akshan Shetty/ Simran Singhi

The Indian duo of Akshan Shetty and Simran Singhi are the latest duo in the mixed doubles category. The pair has participated in a total of 4 tournaments and earned 11620 points in total. 

Rohan Kapoor/ Reddy Siki

Rohan Kapoor and Reddy N Siki are ranked 66 in the BWF mixed doubles rankings. The Indian duo has participated in a total of 6 tournaments and earned 15890 points in total. 

So that’s it. These are the top Indian badminton players who are expected to surprise everyone with their performances at the YONEX Sunrise India Open.

Do you think there are any other badminton players who deserve a mention? Comment down your thoughts.

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