French Open: Saina, Sindhu, Srikanth in quarters

Kidambi Srikanth bettered his record against Korea's Lee Dong Keun, while Saina Nehwal and P.V. Sindhu advanced by beating Japanese opponents in women's singles.

Saina Nehwal will meet Chinese Taipei's Tai Tzu Ying in the quarterfinal of the French Open.   -  PTI

Defending champion Kidambi Srikanth and India ace Saina Nehwal made their way to the quarterfinals of the USD 750,000 French Open BWF World Tour Super 750 here on Thursday.

In women's singles, P.V. Sindhu also advanced into the last-eight with a 21-17, 21-16 victory over Sayaka Sato of Japan.

Srikanth showed great determination to outwit Korea’s world no 25 Lee Dong Keun 12-21 21-16 21-18 in a second-round clash that clocked an hour and 13 minutes. The Indian had lost twice to the 27-year-old Korean in the past two meetings.

Saina, who had reached the finals at Denmark Open last week, continued her good run by outwitting former World champion Nozomi Okuhara of Japan 10-21 21-14 21-17 in another exciting contest. The Indian had beaten Okuhara last week as well.

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However, both Srikanth and Saina will have a tough task at hand as they face world champion Kento Momota of Japan and world no 1 ranked Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei respectively tomorrow.

World No 6 Srikanth will have to bring all his experience to the fore as Momota has outclassed the Indian four times this season. Momota enjoys a 9-3 lead over Srikanth in the head-to-head count.

Saina too has been no match for Tzu Ying, who defeated her in the finals last week at Odense. The Taiwanese has a overwhelming 13-5 record against Saina, who has lost the last 11 times she faced her.