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Kidambi, Sindhu march to 2nd round of French Open

Agencies, Paris

Indian star shuttlers Kidambi Srikanth and P V Sindhu marched to the second round of the French Open Super Series here. Srikanth currently at his best recently won the Denmark Open the third Super Series title this year won against German player Fabian Roth after retiring at 0-3 in the opening game.

The World No 8 Indian will play Hong Kong’s Wong Wing Ki Vincent. Sindhu also in her prime form has bagged two titles and also won silver at the World Championship beat her Spain opponent Beatriz Corrales 21-19 21-18 to take the next challenge against Japan’s Sayaka Takahashi.

In Men’s doubles Indian pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty made a good beginning beating France pair of Bastian Kersaudy and Julien Maio 21-12 21-14 taking a time of just 30 minutes. The Indian pair next play Denmark’s sixth seed Mads Conrad-Petersen and Mads Pieler Kolding.

Earlier, on Wednesday US Open champion Prannoy, who had reached the quarterfinals at Odense, sent packing Denmark Open finalist Korea’s 37-year-old veteran Lee Hyun Il 21-15 21-17, while Praneeth made amends for his opening round exit last week with a 21-13 21-23 21-19 win over Thailand’s Khosit Phetpradab.

Praneeth will face qualifier Kenta Nishimoto in his next match. The Japanese extended the woes of three-time Olympic silver medallist and current World No. 7 Lee Chong Wei by knocking out the Malaysian 21-14 21-15 in the opening round.

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