Lakshya Sen, Satwik-Chirag Advance to Semis; PV Sindhu Loses at the French Open

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Lakshya Sen
Lakshya Sen

In a day of mixed fortunes for Indian badminton at the French Open Super 750 tournament, Lakshya Sen and the men’s doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty advanced to the semi-finals, while PV Sindhu bowed out in the quarterfinals.

Lakshya Sen inch closer to Olympic dream

Lakshya Sen, who is trying to make the cut for the Paris Olympics, came from behind to outwit former world champion Loh Kean Yew 19-21, 21-15, 21-13 in a 78-minute clash.

The 22-year-old thus became only the third Indian to reach the semifinals of the French Open in the Super Series and world tour era after Kidambi Srikanth (winner in 2017) and HS Prannoy (semifinalist in 2017). He will face reigning world champion Kunlavut Vitidsarn in the semi-final.

Satwik and Chirag, the world No. 1 pair, who had won the title in 2022, clinched a 21-19, 21-13 victory over Thailand’s world No. 32 Supak Jomkoh and Kittinupong Kedren at the Arena Porte de la Chapelle. They will next meet world champions and third seeds Kang Min Hyuk and Seo Seung Jae, who had beaten the Indian duo at the India Open final in January.

However, PV Sindhu, who is on a comeback trail after a four-month-long injury layoff, produced a gallant fight displaying her strokeplay and physical fitness during a marathon one hour and 32-minute battle against Olympic champion Chen Yu Fei of China. Sindhu, a two-time Olympic medallist, however, had to settle for a 24-22, 17-21, 18-21 loss to the defending champion Chen.

Despite Sindhu’s loss, the day marked a significant achievement for Indian badminton. The performances of Lakshya, Satwik, and Chirag have shown that Indian badminton is in safe hands at the tournament and ready to take on the world’s best in the final clashes. As they step onto the court for their respective semi-finals, they carry with them the hopes and aspirations of a nation.

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