Reigning World Champion PV Sindhu and compatriot Saina Nehwal, on Thursday, progressed to the quarters of the ongoing French Open with comfortable wins over their respective opponents.
The 24-year-old Sindhu defeated Jia Min Yeo of Singapore in straight games 21-10 21-12. The Indian was absolutely at her best in the first game, not putting a foot wrong as she won the game in 20 minutes. The second game went in similar fashion.
So far Sindhu has been in superb form in the tournament. She did not have to break a sweat to beat Canada’s Michelle Li 21-15, 21-13 in the first round on Tuesday. However, a tougher challenge awaits her in the quarters where she will next take on the winner of the match between Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei and Kim Ga Eun of Korea.
London Olympic bronze medallist Saina, on her part, made it to the last eight after defeating Line Hojmark Kjaersfeldt of Denmark 21-10, 21-11. The 29-year-old dominated the match, not allowing her opponent even an inch of space.
In the quarters, Saina faces young talent An Se Young of Korea. The 17-year-old had got the better of Sindhu at last week’s Denmark Open and undoubtedly, she will be looking to do the same come Friday.
Elsewhere, India’s lone survivor in men’s singles, Subhankar Dey, lost to Shesar Hiren Rhustavito of Indonesia 6-21, 13-21. The Indian shuttler, who beat former World No. 3 Tommy Sugiarto in the first round, could not replicate the same form and went down quite easily.
Men’s doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty beat M. Ahsan and H. Setiawan in three games 21-18, 18-21, 21-13 and progressed to the last 8. There they will face Danish pair Kim Astrup and Anders Skaarup Rasmussen.