French Open: Saina loses to Se Young in quarterfinals

Saina Nehwal lost to Se Young An in the quarterfinal, while India's men's doubles pair of Satwiksairaj and Chirag Shetty entered the semis at the French Open.

Saina Nehwal put up a strong fight but lost to South Korea's 17-year old Se Young An.   -  AP Photo

Saina Nehwal went down fighting to South Korea's Se Young An as she lost the women's singles quarterfinal 20-22, 23-21 on Friday in the French Open 2019 in Paris.

Thailand Open champions Rankireddy Satwiksairaj and Chirag Shetty stormed into the men's doubles semifinals with a straight-game 21-13, 22-20 victory over Denmark pair Kim Astrup and Anders Rasmussen.

This was the second straight victory over Indian shuttlers for 17-year old Se Young An after she ousted P.V. Sindhu in the second round of the Denmark Open earlier this month.

Se Young started the match strongly powering to a 7-2 lead in the first game, but Saina won three straight points to make it 8-9.

World no. 16 Se Young led for the majority of the first game until Saina pulled level at 15-15. Saina fought after Se Young won three consecutive points and looked like winning the game at 20-19. But the South Korean won three points in a row to seal the game 22-20.

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Both the players upped the intensity in the second game as they went from being level at 5-5 to 9-9. Se Young won consecutive points to open up a five-point lead at 11-16. However, a resilient Saina won four points back-to-back to make it 18-18 and then levelled scores at 20-20, but was unable to stop Se Young from winning the second game and the match at 23-21.

In the men's doubles quarterfinals, Rankireddy Satwiksairaj and Chirag Shetty put on a dominant performance against Danish pair Kim Astrup and Anders Rasmussen. The Indians took a 11-6 lead and sealed the first game at 21-13 by winning four points in a row. The Danes came back stronger in the second game as they levelled scores at 10-10, 16-16 and at 19-19. However, the Indian pair won back-to-back points to seal the match at 22-20.

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