French Open: PV Sindhu wins in straight games vs Jia Min Yeo to enter last-8

Star shuttler PV Sindhu maintained her winning momentum in the French Open on Thursday as she defeated Jia Min Yeo of Singapore to reach the quarterfinals of the women’s singles competition in Paris.

Sindhu won in straight games 21-10 21-12 against her 26th-ranked opponent. She will next face the winner of the match between world number one Tai Tzu Ying and Kim Ga Eun of Korea.

Sindhu is yet to drop a game in this tournament after defeating Canada’s Michelle Li 21-15 21-13 in the first round.

The 24-year-old was relentless in the first game and she ended up winning it in just 20 minutes.

The story of the match was the same in the second game, and Sindhu ensured there were no hiccups as she easily brushed off the Canadian challenge.

Sindhu is the second Indian shuttler to have reached the last-8 of the women’s singles after Saina Nehwal, who also won her second-round match in straight games against Line Hojmark Kjaersfeldt of Denmark.

Saina dominated the first game and won 21-10 while the story continued in the second even though Kjaersfeldt did manage to put up a better fight. The world number nine closed the game 21-11 to set up a last-8 clash against world number 16 An Se Young.

The Korean advanced to the quarters after her opponent Chen Xiaoxin retired from the match due to injury. Xiaoxin had won the first game 21-15 but was trailing 7-16 in the second when she retired from the match.

Meanwhile, the Indian men’s doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty shocked reigning world champions Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan in their second round match.

Satwik and Chirag, who had claimed their maiden Super 500 title at Thailand Open in August, notched up a stunning 21-18 18-21 21-13 win over the world No 2 pair, a winner of the 2013, 2015 and 2019 World Championships.

The world No. 11 pair will next face Denmark’s Kim Astrup and Anders Skaarup Rasmussen.


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