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

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.

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.

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.