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French Open: India start on a bright note as Prannoy, Sindhu reach semifinals

By Team Pardaphash 
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It was a brilliant day for the Indian fans as H.S. Prannoy entered the semi-finals of the A $325,000 French Open Superseries after thrashing South Korea’s Jeon Hyeok Jin 21-16, 21, 16 in the men’s singles quarter-finals.

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Previously, Rio Olympics silver medallist P.V. also made it to the semi-finals of the women’s singles after overpowering Chinese rising star Chen Yufei in straight games 21-14, 21-14 in a match that lasted for 41 minutes.

Prannoy is now the first Indian man to enter the semi-final of the event ever since it became a Superseries in 2007. He took 47 minutes to get better of the South Korean player.

Prannoy will next face the winner between India’s Kidambi Srikanth and China’s No. 4 seed, Shi Yuqi. On the other hand, this is also Sindhu’s maiden last-four appearance in the tournament.

He conquered the match throughout, apart from a concise period in the second game, against her world No. 10 Chinese rival.

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Sindhu will face the winner of the match between third seed Sung Ju Hyun of South Korea and fifth seed Akane Yamaguchi of Japan in the semi-finals match to be played today. In men’s doubles, the young Indian pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty crashed out after losing 5-21, 21-17, 17-21 to world’s top ranked combo of Denmark’s Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen in the quarter-finals.

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