French Open 2023: PV Sindhu, Satwik-Chirag off to dominating wins; Panda Sisters out
Srikanth and Lakshya Sen are set to be in action tomorrow.
The World No:1 doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty made light work of Lucas Corvee and Ronan Labar to move into the second round of French Open 2023 Super 750 badminton tournament. It was a lop-sided contest against the home team, as the Asian Games gold medallist won 21-13 21-13 in just 35 minutes.
From the beginning, Satwik and Chirag dominated the action, leading 11–6 at halftime and continuing to pull away to win the first game. Lucas and Ronan fell behind. Similar events unfolded in the second game as Satwik and Chirag built to an 11-6 lead and maintained their stranglehold to win it. The three-time world champions from Indonesia, Muhammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan, will be the next opponent for Satwik and Chirag.
Meanwhile, PV Sindhu showed her class to win her Round of 32 match on the opening day of the French Open. Her opponent Gregoria Mariska Tunjung surprised the Indian with some brilliance to take the first set 12-21.
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It was a close contest in the second set as the Indonesian was leading at 18.17. The Hyderabadi star rose to the occasion and made her opponent commit unforced errors to win it 21-18. It was one way traffic in the decider as the twin-olympic medalist clinched it with 21-15.
The Panda sisters who bagged a historic silver medal at Saint-Denis Open International, were promoted from reserves for the French Open. The Chinese pair of Li Yi Jing and Luo Xu Min were hot to handle as Rutaparna & Swetaparna lost 6-21, 16-21.