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French Open: Satwik/Chirag continue golden run to semis; Saina Nehwal, PV Sindhu out

French Open: Saina Nehwal suffered a 20-22, 21-23 defeat to 17-year-old An Se Young. PV Sindhu lost 16-21, 26-24, 17-21 to World No.1 Tai Tzu Ying. Satwik and Chirag are the only Indians to have made it to the semis, in the men's doubles event.

By: Sports Desk | Updated: October 26, 2019 8:23:10 am
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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.

This was India’s only joy on the day as both PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal were knocked out at the quarterfinal stage of the French Open.

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.

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.

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