Saina Nehwal exits French Open badminton, PV Sindhu, K Srikanth advance

While badminton ace Saina Nehwal lost in straight games to Japanese Akane Yamaguchi in the French Open Superseries on Wednesday, PV Sindhu and K Srikanth progressed to the quarterfinals.

other sports Updated: Oct 27, 2017 14:25 IST
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Indian badminton player Saina Nehwal lost her women’s singles second round to Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi in Paris on Thursday.(Reuters)

Olympic silver medallist PV Sindhu stormed into the quarterfinals but World Championships bronze medallist Saina Nehwal’s run in the French Open ended with a straight-game loss at the $325,000 Superseries event in Paris on Thursday.

Sindhu dumped Japan’s Sayaka Takahashi 21-14, 21-13 to set up a revenge match against China’s Chen Yufei. The World No.10 Chinese had knocked Sindhu out in the opening round at Denmark Open.

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World Championships silver medallist Sindhu had defeated Spain’s Beatriz Corrales 21-19, 21-18 in the opening round on Wednesday.

Former World No.1 Saina, however, failed to get across another Japanese World No.5 Akane Yamaguchi, losing 9-21, 21-23 in a 39-minute clash.

This is her second loss to the pint-size dynamo in two weeks. Saina had lost to Yamaguchi in the quarterfinals at Odense.

Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy lost 16-21, 14-21 to top seeded Japanese Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi in women’s doubles.

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Sindhu dominated the opening game as her opponent had a slender lead at 9-8 only once in the opening game while in the second game the Japanese never could topple the Indian though she was competitive initially for sometime.

In another women’s singles encounter, Yamaguchi, who had finished as runners-up at Odense last week, tore through the opening game, leading from start to finish to earn the bragging rights.

Saina regained her composure in the second, producing a gallant fight as she kept nipping at her opponent’s heels, despite being 7-11 down at the break.

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The Indian caught up with the Japanese at 19-19 and had in fact grabbed a game point at 20-19 but Yamaguchi managed to stay ahead and closed out the match.

Title contender and eight seed Kidambi Srikanth beat Hong Kong’s Wong Wing Ki Vincent 21-19, 21-17 in 37 minutes to progress to the men’s singles quarterfinals.

But there was no joy for B Sai Praneeth as he lost to Japanese qualifier Kenta Nishimoto 13-21, 17-21 in 44 minutes.

Later, men’s doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty disposed off Danish sixth seeds Mads Conrad-Petersen and Mads Pieler Kolding 22-20, 12-21, 21-19 in an hour.

H S Prannoy dumped Denmark’s Hans-Kristian Vittinghus in straight games to progress to the men’s singles quarterfinals.

Prannoy, who regained his career-best ranking of World No 12 that he had achieved in June two years ago, took just 31 minutes to see off Vittinghus 21-11 21-12 to set up a clash with 2016 Australian Open finalist Jeon Hyeok-jin of Korea.

First Published: Oct 26, 2017 20:26 IST