Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty stormed through to the French Open semifinals with a 21-13, 22-20 win over Danish pair Kim Astrup and Anders Rasmussen in the French Open BWF Super 750 Tournament in Paris on Friday.
The Indian duo, who had claimed their maiden Super 500 title at the Thailand Open in August this year, shocked the World No 8 pair in a thrilling men’s doubles quarterfinal match that lasted 39 minutes.
BEAST MODE ON! 👿🚧
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Sindhu lost 16-21, 26-24, 17-21 to top seed Tai Tzu Ying in 74 minutes.
Saina Nehwal was eliminated after suffering a heartbreaking 20-22, 21-23 defeat to 17-year-old An Se Young from South Korea in the quarterfinals.
Really bad luck today @NSaina. You fought your heart out before going down to the super talented new Korean sensation An Se Young 20-22, 21-23 in two really close games #FrenchOpenSuper750. Hang in there during the tough times. Always believe in you 🙏 @ogq_india
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Saina made several comebacks in the match, also saving two match points, but could not take the tie to a deciding third game.
Young, the 17-year-old Korean prodigy, has been making rapid strides in women’s badminton this year. She beat PV Sindhu in the Denmark Open, also in straight games.
This was the first meeting between Young and Saina. In 2006, when Saina had won her first BWF title, Young had been four years old.