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French Open 2018 Update: Indian Shuttlers Saina, Kidambi & Sindhu Enter Quarterfinals

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Indian ace shuttlers Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu breezed out their way to the quarterfinal round of French Open BWF Tour Super 750 tournament 2018, being held in Paris. Kidambi Srikanth also confirmed his progression into the quarterfinals of the tournament.

While Saina ousted her opponent Nozomi Okuhara in straight three sets by 10-21, 21-14, 21-17, Sindhu secured a convincing win over Sayaka Sato by 21-17, 21-16.

In a tough game, Okuhara dominated the first game, but Saina turned the odds in her favour in the next two games and sealed the victory. Saina is all set to now face World No. 1 Tai Zu Ying on Friday.

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Srikanth, too, displayed a classic game to outwit Korea’s World No. 25 Lee Dong Keun by 12-21, 21-16 and 21-18, which lasted for about an hour and 13 minutes. Earlier, Kidambi had lost twice to the Korean player, in the last two clashes.

Source: PTI

In another match, the star player PV Sindhu also made a convincing lead by defeating her Japanese counterpart. It looked like it was Sindhu’s day. Rio Olympic medalist dominated the Japanese player right from the beginning, with some amazing smashes. Sato tried her ultimate best to make a comeback, but Sindhu won the second set too and entered the quarterfinals.

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Besides, the doubles pair Satwik Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty also moved into the quarterfinals.

Indian shuttlers seem to go well so far in the tournament. However, the road to the finals will not be an easy affair as Saina will face Tai Tzu Ying, with whom she had lost in the Denmark Open. Kidambi Srikanth will also face Kento Momota in the next round. Momoto has outclassed the Indian player four times this season, so Kidambi will have to bring all his experience to the forefront.

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Bhawna Kothari
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