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PV Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth Rule the French Open Courts; Prannoy’s Tough Fight

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Renowned Indian badminton player PV Sindhu marked a triumphant comeback to the BWF Circuit, while Kidambi Srikanth secured a victory over Chou Tien Chen in the initial round of the French Open Super 750 tournament on Wednesday. Meanwhile, HS Prannoy, India’s top-ranked men’s singles shuttler, faced defeat against China’s Lu Guang Zu. Currently positioned as the 24th-ranked player globally, Srikanth, who is in a race against time to qualify for the Paris Olympics, displayed exceptional skills in overcoming the 14th-ranked Chen with a scoreline of 21-15, 20-22, 21-8 during the intense 66-minute first-round encounter. This victory marked Srikanth’s third win over the Taiwanese opponent in their seven encounters. Notably, Srikanth showcased outstanding performance against Chou throughout the match, making a remarkable turnaround after initially trailing 5-7 in the first game.

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HS Prannoy made a strong start in the initial match of French Open, securing an early lead. However, Lu Guang Zu remained determined for a comeback and consistently pressured Prannoy. The score was tied at 17-17, but Guang Zu managed to clinch victory by scoring four consecutive points in the first game. In the second game, Prannoy found himself trailing early on and had to play catch-up throughout.

Making a comeback to the BWF Circuit following a hiatus due to injury, PV Sindhu engaged in an intense 80-minute battle against Michelle Li, emerging victorious in three games. Breaking the deadlock at 18-18, Sindhu secured two crucial points, reaching 20-18. Although Li managed to retrieve one point with a remarkable return, she subsequently erred with a shot that went wide, allowing Sindhu to revel in her triumph with her distinctive roar.

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