French Open: Saina, Sindhu, Satwiksairaj-Chirag through to quarters in Paris

Saina Nehwal and P.V. Sindhu racked up straight-game victories, while the doubles pair of Satwiksairaj and Chirag Shetty upset the second seed in Paris.

Saina Nehwal took 27 minutes to breeze past her opponent and qualify for the quartefinals of the French Open.(File Photo)   -  GETTY IMAGES

Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal, on Thursday, cruised to the quarterfinals of the ongoing French Open in Paris with a commanding 21-10, 21-11 victory over  Denmark’s Line Hojmark Kjaersfeldt in the second round.

The 29-year-old pushed her opponent on the back foot from the onset and did not allow her to settle down by making short work of the first game.

Nehwal carried the momentum into the second game and capitalised on the pressure she forced upon her opponent by sealing the victory in just 27 minutes.

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She had defeated Hong Kong’s Cheung Ngan Yi in straight games 23-21, 21-17 in the first round match to enter the second round on Wednesday.

Ngan Yi had an upper hand in the first game, but Nehwal was able to bounce back to take the game 23-21. Nehwal bagged the second game with relative ease to wrap up the encounter.

Sindhu, Satwiksairaj-Shetty also through to quarters

Fifth seed P.V. Sindhu also sailed through to the quarterfinals of the French Open with a dominating 21-10, 21-13 over Singapore's Yeo Jia Min.

The Indian shuttler took only 34 minutes to bag the contest in straight game.

In the doubles category, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty fought hard to upset the second-seeded pair of Hendra Hendra Setiawan and Mohammad Ahsan.

In a battle that lasted for 53 minutes, the Indian duo dropped the second game 18-21 after winning the first one 21-18. But the two held their nerves and took the third set with relative ease to send the Indonesian pair packing.

-Subhankar Dey misses out-

Subhankar Dey, however, failed to qualify for the next round of the French Open after suffering a straight games defeat at the hands of Shesar Hiren Rhustavito.

The Indonesian shuttler thwarted the Indian 21-6, 21-13 in half an hour to advance to the next round.

This was the first time the two players met on tour and it was World No.24 who emerged on top.

-Early exits-

Kidambi Srikanth, earlier in the tournament, crashed out after facing a first-round defeat against Taiwan’s Chou Tien Chen 21-15, 7-21, 14-21 on Wednesday.

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In the 55-minute long encounter, Srikanth defeated his opponent in the first game. However, Chou made a comeback and thrashed Srikanth in the second and third games to proceed to the second round.

Parupalli Kashyap was also knocked out after facing a defeat against Hong Kong’s NG Ka Long Angus 11-21, 9-21 in his first-round match.

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