HIGHLIGHTS

Indian men’s doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty continued their impressive run as they progressed to the finals with another stunning win at the USD 700,000 French Open on Saturday.

The Indian duo, who had claimed their maiden Super 500 title at the Thailand Open in August this year, shocked World No 5 Japanese pair of Hiroyuki Endo and Yuta Watanabe 21-11, 25-23 in a thrilling semifinal match that lasted about 56 minutes.

Satwik-Chirag got off to a solid start, racing to a 5-2 lead and despite an attempt of a fightback from the Japanese, they went into the break with an 11-5 lead. Satwik and Chirag gave a clinical performance to take the first game 21-11 in just 15 minutes.

Endo and Watanabe made a commendable comeback to take the first three points before the Indians could get a foot in as they started with a 4-1 lead in the second game.

Satwik and Chirag will now take on Indonesian pair of Marcus Gideon and Kevin Sukamuljo in the grand finale of French Open on Sunday.

On Friday, Satwik-Chirag had shocked World No 8 Danish pair of Kim Astrup and Anders Skaarup Rasmussen 21-13 22-20 in a 39-minute quarter-final encounter.

Over the past two years, Satwik and Chirag have improved by leaps and bounds and proved that they form the best doubles combination in the country.

Earlier, PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal were both knocked out at the quarterfinal stage on Friday. World No. 6 Sindhu had lost a highly-entertaining and fiercely-fought match against top-ranked Tai Tzu Ying 21-16, 26-24, 17-21.

Saina Nehwal had crashed out after losing her women’s singles quarter-final to Korean teenager An Su Young. The 17-year-old needed just 49 minutes to defeat Saina 20-22, 21-23 and progress to the semi-final.

PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal were both knocked out at the quarterfinal stage on Friday. World No. 6 Sindhu had lost a highly-entertaining and fiercely-fought match against top-ranked Tai Tzu Ying 21-16, 26-24, 17-21.

Saina Nehwal had crashed out after losing her women’s singles quarter-final to Korean teenager An Su Young. The 17-year-old needed just 49 minutes to defeat Saina 20-22, 21-23 and progress to the semi-final.