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27 Oct, 2017
shuttlers started their campaign with ‘some win, some loss’ note at French Open
Super Series which started on 24th of this month.
pre-quarters passed with the unpredicted loss of Saina Nehwal, Sai Praneeth,
and Ashwini Ponnappa -Sikki Reddy, other shuttlers P V Sindhu, Srikanth
Kidambi, HS Prannoy, and Satwik-Chirag cruised into quarters with their
seeded Sindhu defeated Sayaka Takahashi of Japan with 21-14, 21-13 in 39
minutes in a close face-off and reached the first half of the game with one
point advantage with 11-10. Sayaka continued her pace with Sindhu till 13-13
gained one more point before Sindhu takes the first game with 21-14. The second
game witnessed the close hiccups till 10-9 to the Indian’s advantage and continued
the dominance to wrap the match with 21-13.
match seemed to be way comfortable than Kidambi Srikanth’s tough fight against
Wong Wing Ki Vincent of Hong Kong in two straight games. In the opener, the duo
somehow reached 17-17 with Srikanth’s deceptive returns and Vincent’s smart
takes, and former took the first game with 21-19 followed by another straight
win in second game with 21-17. Burdensome
men’s singles shuttler, HS Prannoy, who has been buzz these days with his
stunning wins, defeated Hans-Kristian Solberg Vittinghus of Denmark with 21-11,
21-12 in 31 minutes.
The Stunning Satwik and Chirag duo
men’s doubles section, young and emerging shuttlers Satwik and Chirag outplayed
world no 6 pair, Mads Conrad-Petersen and Mads Pieler Kolding of Denmark with
22-20, 12-21, 21-19 in 60 minutes.
duo after securing the first game facing hard rallies with 22-20, suffered the
easy loss of 12-21 to the opponents who maintained the lead since the beginning
of the second game. Nevertheless, their loss in the previous game helped them
to save the energy in winning the pre-quarters match against the Danes. The
Indians stood far from the Danes after making 1-1 and with 1 point advantage at
3-2 in the beginning and later secured the most of 5 straight points and
reached 8-2. With no surprise, the top ranked Danes caught up the young Indians
at 19-19 with their experienced moves and seamless game.
young Indians with their incredible form then seized the game with two straight
points and marched into quarters.
the left-right handed pair Pranaav and Sikki suffered the early loss of 21-15,
21-12 in their qualifying rounds against Tontowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsir of
Indonesia on day 1, day 2 kick started with the breathtaking win of HS Prannoy
over the veteran Lee Hyun II with 21-15, 21-17 in 42-minutes.
emanation of the winning spirit started with Prannoy and continued towards
Praneeth; who defeated Khosit Phetpradab of Thailand with 21-13, 21-23, 21-19
in 65 minutes.
women’s doubles match, Ashwini Ponnappa and Sikki Reddy defeated Jenny Moore
and Victoria Williams with 21-12, 21-12 in a 24-minute effortless encounter,
followed by the tough loss of Parupalli Kashyap to the young Anthony Sinisuka
Ginting with 21-23, 21-18, 21-17 which took 74 minutes.
newly-crowned Denmark Open winner, Srikanth entered the next rounds after his
opponent Fabian Roth retired from the match after trailing at 3-0. While in
women’s singles, Saina and Sindhu beat Line Højmark of Denmark and Beatriz
Corrales of Spain with 21-14, 11-21, 21-10 and 21-19, 21-18 respectively.
men’s doubles, Manu Atri with Sumeeth Reddy suffered the loss of 21-11, 21-13
against Vladimir Ivanov and Ivan Sozonov of Russia, while Satwiksairaj and
Chirag Shetty defeated Bastian Kersaudy and Julien Maio of France with 21-12,