French Open: Sindhu starts with win, Subhankar stuns Sugiarto

P. V. Sindhu began her French Open campaign with an easy win over Michelle Li while Subhankar Dey pulled off an upset win over Tommy Sugiarto.

Shubhankar Dey prevailed in a match that last 78 minutes. (File photo)   -  Getty Images

World champion P. V. Sindhu began her French Open campaign with an easy win over Michelle Li in the women’s singles first round here on Tuesday.

The world number six Sindhu, who has been struggling of late, beat Li 21-15, 21-13 in a match that lasted 44 minutes.

The Olympic silver medallist Indian had a 5-2 head-to-head record over the world number eight Canadian before Tuesday’s match. Sindhu had beaten Li during the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia in their previous meeting.

Sindhu will play against world number 26 Yeo Jia Min of Singapore in the second round of the BWF Super 750 tournament.

Since claiming her maiden World Championships title in August, Sindhu has looked awfully out-of-form as she had failed to cross the second round in three tournaments.

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She faltered in the second and first rounds at the China Open and Korea Open respectively last month. Sindhu again exited in the second round in straight games against Korea’s An Se Young in Denmark Open last week.

In the men’s singles, Subhankar Dey notched up an upset win over Tommy Sugiarto of Indonesia to advance to the second round.

The world number 42 Indian rallied to beat his world number 17 opponent 15-21, 21-14, 21-17 in a one hour 18 minutes first-round match.

This was Subhankar’s second win over the Indonesian, a former world number three, this year as the Indian had won 14-21 22-20, 21-11 in the India Open in March. Shubhankar had lost to Sugiarto in the New Zealand Open last year.

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