- Saina Nehwal entered the quarterfinals of the ongoing French Open on Thursday with a 21-10, 21-11 win over Line Hojmark Kjaersfeldt.
- PV Sindhu and the doubles pair of Satwiksairaj-Shetty also entered the last 8.
- Subhankar Dey, though, failed to qualify for the next round after a 21-6, 21-13 defeat to Indonesian Shesar Hiren Rhustavito.
Ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal eased her way into the quarterfinals of the ongoing French Open in Paris on Thursday with a dominating 21-10, 21-11 win over Line Hojmark Kjaersfeldt of Denmark in the second round.
The 29-year-old was in the driver’s seat from the start of the proceedings itself and rarely let the tempo fall down throughout the first game.
After wrapping the first game, She carried the momentum into the second game and took maximum advantage of the pressure on her Danish opponent. It took as little as 27 minutes to seal a victory for Saina.
Earlier in the competition, she had defeated Cheung Ngan Yi of Hong Kong in straight games of 23-21, 21-17 to make it to the second round on Wednesday.
Although Ngan Yi was dominant in the first game, an experienced Nehwal managed to bounce back and take the game 23-21. She was successful in winning the second game with relative ease.
PV Sindhu, Satwiksairaj-Shetty through to quarters
PV Sindhu, a fifth seed, also cruised her way into the quarterfinals of the French Open with a commanding 21-10, 21-13 win over Yeo Jia Min of Singapore.
The Olympian won the contest only 34 minutes to bag the contest in straight games.
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Elsewhere in the doubles category, Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy gave a fighting performance to upset the second-seeded pair of Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Hendra Setiawan.
In a hard fought battle that lasted over 53 minutes, the Indian pair won the first game 21-18 only to drop the second one 18-21. Nonetheless, the two managed to hold their nerves and clinch the third set with relative elan and send the Indonesian pair packing home.
It was not a happy ending for Subhankar Dey, though, as the Indian shuttler failed to qualify for the next round after losing out in straight games of 21-6, 21-13 to Indonesian shuttler Shesar Hiren Rhustavito.
It was the first time that the two players met on tour. But it was the World No.24 who emerged victorious in a game that lasted just over half an hour.
Among the players to bow out early in the competition include the likes of Kidambi Srikanth and Parupalli Kashyap.
Kidambi lost out 21-15, 7-21, 14-21 to Taiwan’s Chou Tien Chen in the first-round while Kashyap was defeated 11-21, 9-21 by Hong Kong’s NG Ka Long Angus in his first-round match as well.