Though Mathias Boe never won the Indonesia Open despite reaching two finals in his long and illustrious career, he still got to hold the prestigious trophy. Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty, wards of the 42-year-old Dane, laid claim to the celebrated title to become the first Indians to win a Super 1000 tournament on Sunday.
The world No 3 Indian pair has become a force to reckon with in men’s doubles badminton, winning one accolade after another. Though they won titles earlier too, this current run of form began after the two-time All England champion took charge of the Indian doubles shuttlers in April 2022.
The force behind the formidable Satwik and Chirag, Boe discussed the rise of his proteges, the challenges they now face after becoming so consistent, peaking in major events and how they celebrated Sunday evening following the win in Jakarta.