French Open Quarter-finals match highlights:
- Sindhu won 21-17 21-16 against Sayaka Sato
- Saina defeat Okuhara 10-21,21-14,21-17
- Srikanth defeated Dong Keun Lee 12-21, 21-16, 21-18 to reach the last eight
Coming back to French Open Quarter-finals match highlights, the Indian contingent was rampant at the French Open with all their top three shuttlers dishing out impressive performances to storm into the quarter-finals of the French Open. Coming good after a small patch that had seen India exit badminton tournament at premature stages, the trio of PV Sindhu, Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth crafted out well-worked victories in their pre-quarters matches.
The easiest sailing through was for World No.2 PV Sindhu who breezed through her match in straight sets. Defeating Sayako Sato of Japan 21-17, 21-16, PV Sindhu hardly broke a sweat in her second round match, upping her game from her disappointing first round exit in the Denmark Open. Sindhu’s next opponent is Bingjiao He of China who has faced each other on 11 occasions before, 6 of which have ended in the Chinese shutter’s favour while the Indian has claimed 5 wins.
For Saina Nehwal, the going was not so straight forward though. Made to work hard for her victory by Nozomi Okuhara, Saina did well to carve out a hard-fought win on the day.
Having defeated Okuhara in the round of 16 in the Denmark Open, Nehwal was fully aware that Okuhara on her day can be a menacing opponent. Downing Nehwal comfortably in the first set 21-10, Okuhara was hit by an incredible comeback by Nehwal.
Rallying back to win the second 21-14, Nehwal maintained her composure in the third and deciding set as well. Half-court smashes and quick returns were too hot to handle for Okuhara who despite putting on a tough fight was unable to save the set which ended 21-17 in Nehwal’s favour.
She will be up against the World No. 1 Tai Tzu Ying who had downed her in the semi-final of the Denmark Open last week in a game that pointed the clear gulf in class between the two. Tai comes into the quarter-finals bagging a 21-12, 21-17 victory over China’s Gao Fangjie. Nehwal will be hopeful of ending her 5-year drought against Tai Tzu Ying when the two take on each other on Friday.
In the men’s singles, Kidambi Srikanth also came back from a set down against Dong Keun Lee of South Korea. The defending champion didn’t offer many fights in the first set, going down 21-12. He was quick to bounce back though, moving from a losing position of 5-6 to 13-8 in the second set. He maintained a two-point lead throughout the set before eventually wrapping it up 21-16 to level the game at 1-1.
The third game was the tightest of all, with both refusing to be beaten. Despite Srikanth having a 17-14 lead at one point, Lee clawed back to level the scores at 18-18. A marathon match which left both players drained saw Srikanth emerge victorious with three consecutive winning points.
The Saina Nehwal vs Tai Tzu Ying quarter-final match start after 11:10 PM IST and the PV Sindhu vs Bingjiao He match will start after 8:30 PM IST. Delays are expected in the start times of both the matches depending on how long the previous matches go on till. Star Sports 1/HD will air the live telecast of India’s matches on TV for the French Open 2018.
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