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French Open Super 750: World No. 1 Satwik-Chirag reach semi-final

World No.1 Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty remained on track for the men’s doubles crown after reaching the semifinals with a straight-game victory after PV Sindhu was eliminated in the women’s singles quarterfinals at the French Open Super 750 badminton competition on Friday.

The world number one Indian pair, who won the title in 2022, advanced to the semifinals with a 21-19 21-13 victory over Thailand’s world number 32 Supak Jomkoh and Kittinupong Kedren at the Arena Porte de la Chapelle. The Asian Games champion, who overcame Malaysians Man Wei Chong and Kai Woo Tee on Thursday night, will face world champions and third seeds Kang Min Hyuk and Seo Seung Jae, who defeated the Indians in the India Open final in January.

Earlier, Sindhu, who is returning from a four-month injury layoff, put up a valiant fight against Olympic champion Chen Yu Fei of China, displaying her strokeplay and physical fitness throughout a one-hour and 32-minute battle. The two-time Olympic medallist, however, had to settle for a 24-22, 17-21, 18-21 loss against the second seed and defending champion Chen in the enthralling last-eight duel today.

Sindhu last defeated Chen, the world No. 2, on her way to winning gold at the 2019 World Championships. Since then, the Indian has fallen to the Chinese twice in the last two meetings, despite having a better 6-5 head-to-head record over her opponent going into the critical match.

Sindhu, who was playing a top-tier opponent for the first time in a long time, showed no signs of recovering from the left knee ailment that had kept her out of the game since October of last year. There was nothing to separate the two as Sindhu put on an offensive display and moved well on the court, but a solid Chen managed to stay ahead in the end.

Published By:

Saurabh Kumar

Published On:

Mar 8, 2024

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