Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty defeated Japan's Hiroyuki Endo and Yuta Watanabe 21-11, 25-23 in the semi-finals. The Indian pair won the first game quite comprehensively and they carried on with their winning momentum to wrap up the match in 49 minutes
Paris: India’s Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty continued their dream run at the French Open Super 750 badminton tournament and entered the final in Paris on Saturday (October 26).
The duo defeated Japan's Hiroyuki Endo and Yuta Watanabe 21-11, 25-23 in the semi-finals. The Indian pair won the first game quite comprehensively and they carried on with their winning momentum to wrap up the match in 49 minutes.
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Satwik and Chirag, who had won their maiden Super 500 title at the Thailand Open in August, notched up a 21-11 25-23 win over the fifth seeded Japanese combination in a 56-minute semifinal on Saturday.
Satwik and Chirag had come into the match with a 0-2 head-to-head record against the Japanese combination, having lost to them at the 2018 Indonesia Open and 2017 World Championship.
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The Japanese duo provided some fight in the second game, but the Indian pair somehow managed to maintain their composure to come out on the right side of the result.
On Friday, both PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal were knocked out of the French Open after losing their respective quarter-finals.
Sindhu was defeated by Taiwan's Tai Tzu Ying while Nehwal lost to South Korea's An Se Young.
On Wednesday, Kidambi Srikanth crashed out of the French Open too after facing a first-round defeat against Taiwan's Chou Tien Chen 21-15, 7-21, 14-21.
In the 55-minute long encounter, Srikanth defeated his opponent in the first game. However, Chou made a comeback and thrashed Srikanth in the second and third games to proceed to the second round.
Parupalli Kashyap was also knocked out after facing a defeat against Hong Kong's NG Ka Long Angus 11-21, 9-21 in his first round match.
(With inputs from agencies)
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Last Updated Oct 27, 2019, 8:55 AM IST