Satwik/Chirag, Lakshya Sen reach semis of French Open 2024, Sindhu goes down

Satwik & Chirag reached the 2024 French Open semifinals defeating the Thai pair of Jomkoh and Kittinupong with a dominant performance.

Malaysia Open: Satwiksairaj Rankireddy-Chirag Shetty advance (Image source- Twitter/@HTSportsNews)
By Soumya | Mar 9, 2024 | 2 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

Badminton world No. 1 doubles pair Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty reached the 2024 French Open semifinals defeating the Thai pair of Jomkoh Supak and Kittinupong Kedren with a dominant performance. The former champions return to the semifinals of their favourite event after missing out in 2023.

On the other hand, world No.19 Lakshya Sen made a sensational comeback to defeat Loh Kean Yew in a quarter-final thriller to reach the men’s singles semifinals at the French Open Super 750. Subsequently, the Indian shuttler defeated the former world champion 19-21, 21-15, 21-13 in a 78-minute thrilling clash in Paris.

Interestingly, the 22-year-old is only the third Indian to advance to the semis of the French Open during the Super Series and World Tour era. Earlier, Kidambi Srikanth, emerged victorious in 2017, while HS Prannoy, who reached the semifinals in the same year. Sen will be facing the reigning world champion, Kunlavut Vitidsarn in semis.

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The ‘SatChi’ Factor shines again

Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty maintained their momentum towards the men’s doubles title. Satwik and Chirag, the top-ranked pair in the world have clinched the title in 2022. The ‘brothers of destruction’ secured their spot in the semifinals with a commanding 21-19, 21-13 victory over Thailand’s Supak Jomkoh and Kittinupong Kedren. The thai pair are ranked 32nd globally, at the Arena Porte de la Chapelle.

The duo, also Asian Games champions, had previously defeated the Malaysian pair of Man Wei Chong and Kai Woo Tee on Thursday night. They are now set to face off against world champions and third seeds Kang Min Hyuk and Seo Seung Jae in the next round, who had emerged victorious against the Indian pair at the India Open final earlier this year in January.

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Sindhu’s dismay in the quarters

Sindhu, who is making a comeback after a four-month-long injury layoff, showcased her resilience and skill during a grueling one hour and 32-minute match against Olympic champion Chen Yu Fei of China. The two-time Olympic medallist fell short, ultimately losing to the second seed and defending champion Chen in a thrilling last-eight encounter, with the scoreline reading 24-22, 17-21, 18-21.

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