Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu among Indian shuttlers to sail into French Open quarters


India’s premium shuttlers Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu eased over their respective opponents to cruise into the quarter-finals of the French Open. 

After making easy work of her first-round opponent Cheung Ngan Yi, Nehwal carried forward her momentum with a dominant win in the second round. Nehwal defeated Denmark’s Line Hojmark Kjaersfeldt 21-10, 21-11 in just 27 minutes.

The clash was constantly dominated by the 2012 Bronze medalist which made it difficult for her opponent to stake a claim in the match.

Meanwhile, fifth seed PV Sindhu joined her Indian compatriot into the quarters as well with an easy win over Singapore’s Yeo Jio Min. The 2016 silver medalist won the match after a straight-set annihilation of 21-10, 21-13 that lasted 34 minutes.

On the other hand, India’s progress did not halt with the ladies’ division as the pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty pulled off a major upset by defeating the second-seeded pair of Hendra Hendra Setiawan and Mohammad Ahsan in a thriller that lasted almost an hour.

The Indian pair held their nerve despite losing the second set to eliminate the Indonesian duo off the tournament.

Subhankar Dey, on the other hand, faced an early exit after a defeat at the hands of Indonesia’s Shesar Hiren Rhustavito through straight sets.

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