The French Open is an annual Badminton tournament held in France since 1909 and hosted by the Fédération française de badminton (FFBa). It was promoted to become part of the BWF Super Series in 2007 making the French Open one of the 12 major badminton tournaments in the world.
Ginting ends Momota’s streak
Kento Momota’s incredible 28-match winning streak came to an end at the YONEX French Open 2019, going down in two games at the hands of Indonesia’s Anthony Sinisuka Ginting. There was a sense of inevitability that this was going to be the match where his run ended. The world No.1 was coming off two gruelling matches against Wang Tzu Wei and Hans-Kristian Solberg Vittinghus – each lasting well over 70 minutes and requiring supreme efforts to claw his way back after dropping the opener. Momota himself indicated following his DANISA Denmark Open 2019 win on Sunday that it was becoming harder to maintain his level. “It’s really difficult to keep winning in this very tight schedule,” he said. The fact today he was up against the one opponent that tends to give him more trouble than any other player was also telling. Last year Ginting was the only men’s singles player to defeat the Japanese star on more than one occasion. And with the hall playing considerably slower in Paris than compared to last week, you could sense that if the Indonesian could extend the points beyond a minute, the match would be at his mercy.
So it proved with Ginting racing through the first 21-10 and then maintaining his form to hold off Momota’s brave challenge 21-19 in the second.“I was really tired for today and could not get the speed of the match. I’m disappointed to lose but I gave 100 percent and I’m happy with my effort,” said Momota post-match. At 17-all in the second, Momota sensed his chance to level the contest. He was beginning to turn the tide and had found it easier to kill the shuttle against an in-form Ginting. However, with it all to play for, one small error cost him dearly. “I played the point at 17-17 as I wanted to. I thought if I could win that I could win the game. But I missed a crucial shot into the net and that was the end of it. I don’t care too much for the record or the meaning of the loss. I learned a lot today and will be back stronger,” he said. For Ginting, there was a feeling of sheer delight. “Of course, I’m really happy. I was able to play well today. Not only did I win but I carried out the strategy that I wanted to. I planned for it and it’s great that I was able to make it happen. Every player wants to win every match, especially when it’s Momota. I now hope Jonatan [Christie] can win over [Anders] Antonsen so maybe we can have an all-Indonesian final,” he said. Ginting got his wish with sixth seed, Jonatan Christie, defeating Denmark’s Antonsen 17-21 21-19 21-16 in an 81-minute thriller. Christie said following his win: “I was very disappointed in the opening game. Antonsen played well but I made many mistakes.
Ginting now takes on Chen Long who defeated another Indonesian in Shesar Hiren Rhustavito, while Christie plays against Viktor Axelsen.
Saina Nehwal knoecked out of the tournament
A fighting Saina Nehwal was knocked out of the USD 700,000 French Open after going down in straight games to Korea’s An Se Young in the women’s singles quarterfinals. The 29-year-old Indian, who had claimed the Indonesia Masters in January this year, lost 20-22, 21-23 to World No 16 Young after a 49-minute thrilling contest. It was her first quarterfinal appearance since making it to the final eight at the Badminton Asia Championship in April this year. Saina had lost in the first round in the last three tournaments at China, Korea and Denmark. Saina fell back early in the opening game with Young opening up a 7-2 lead. The Indian slowly narrowed the gap to 7-8 and had grabbed a slender 15-12 lead for a brief period at one stage but the Korean soon clawed her way back. Young reached 18-15 but a fighting Saina was the first to grab a game point at 20-19 but the Korean eventually pocketed the game with three straight points.
In the second game, Young again surged to a 5-2 lead before Saina turned the tables, moving to 7-5 but the Korean soon stepped on the gas and jumped to a 16-11 lead.The experienced Saina once again drew parity at 18-18 but Young managed to grab two match points. The Indian then reeled off three straight points to make it 21-20 but once again it was Young who held her nerves to move ahead and shut the door on her fancied rival. Saina, who had reached the final of the French Open in 2012, will next play at the Saarlorlux Open starting 29 October.
Sindhu crashes out in quarters to world no. 1 Tai Tzu Ying
Sindhu crashed out of the 2019 French open by succumbing to a 16-21, 26-24,17-21 loss at the hands of world no. 1 Tai Tzu Ying in a gruelling encounter that last 75 minutes. Sindhu was eyeing her third straight victory over the Taiwanese shuttler, World no. 6 Sindhu started poorly by dropping the first game. Sindhu, who hadn’t dropped a single game in the tournament until this match, handed a 1-0 advantage to Tai as she lost the first game 16-21 in 18 minutes. Tai set the tone with the very first point by bagging a winner with a down the line smash. Both players indulged in an intense battle, not allowing their opponent to run away with the lead. The 24-year-old pulled back level to 8-8 and made sure she was well within Tai’s reach. The world no. 1 eventually clinched the first set 21-16 after pulling ahead from 17-16. In the second set, the Indian shuttler started positively by taking a 5-3 lead. Aided by two mishits at the net and a few unforced errors from the Taiwanese shuttler, Sindhu managed to inch ahead 8-6. But her opponent wasn’t done.
The 25-year-old made her way back into the contest, leading 11-10 at the halfway mark- which was the case in the first set as well. Sindhu, then, wrestled her way back into the encounter by reducing the parity to take the lead at 15-14. Tai continued to show great tactical awareness with a flurry of the down the line smashes to make it 18-18. Tai, then, frustrated Sidhu further by saving four match points with her tremendous defensive skills. In the end, it all came down to who handled the pressure better and it was the Indian shuttler who emerged on top after an intense 33 minutes and took the quarterfinal into the decider. Tai’s go-to shot, the drop shots, proved to be her biggest foe as she conceded the second game 24-26 after numerous mistimed drops and drew curtains on the game by hitting a smash just wide. Long, daunting rallies in the previous set had a visible effect on both the players in the third game. While a tired-looking Sindhu struggled to cover the court as well, Tai continued to make silly errors at the bet. Despite fighting tooth and nail, Sindhu could not prevent the loss as she went down 17-21 in the final game in 24 minutes. With this victory, Tai Tzu Ying qualified for the semifinals at the French Open for the fifth time and increased her lead in their head-to-head to 11-5.
Adcocks through to the French open semis
Chris and Gabby Adcock are through to the mixed doubles semi-finals at the French Open with victory over Japanese pair Takuro Hoki and Wakana Nagahara. The pair, ranked 13th in the world, came through a decider against the Japanese duo ranked seven places below them to earn a place in the last four out in Paris. The Adcocks took the first game 21-18 before they were beaten in the second 17-21 to tee up a decider which they came through convincingly, earning a 21-15 victory and safe passage to the next round. The English duo had previously beaten South Korean teammates Seung Jae Seo and YuJung Chae 23-21 18-21 21-14 to reach the quarter-finals and Indian partners Pranaav Jerry Chopra and Sikki Reddy 21-13 21-18 in their competition opener. Meanwhile Jess Pugh and Ben Lane were also up against Japanese opposition in third-seeds Yuta Watanabe and Arisa Higashino but were beaten 17-21 22-20 21-19 to deny them a spot in the semi-finals. Pugh and Lane were ranked 27th in the world coming into the event and managed to push past eighth seeded Indonesians Hafiz Faizal and Gloria Emanuelle Widjaja in the last-eight with an impressive 21-12 17-21 21-15 win. The Adcocks will face Indonesian duo Praveen Jordan and Melati Daeva Oktavianti in the semi-finals.
The Indian duo defeated the Danes
Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty stormed into the semifinals with a 21-13,22-20 victory against Kim Astrup and Anders Skaarup Rasmussen of Denmark in the quarterfinals earlier today. Satwik-Chirag, who upset three time world champions survived anxious momens in the second game to beat the Danes. Satwik and Chirag were clearly the dominant pair on the court as they combined well, covering the court and put their opponent under pressure with their angled strokes. The Indian duo moved to a 5-2 lead early on and kept extending the advantage after grabbing a 11-6 cushion at the break. The Danish pair tried to reduce the gap but Satwik and Chirag ensured there was no hiccups as they pocketed the opening game. Kim and Anders put up a better show in the second, opening up a 4-0 lead early on but the Indian pair caught up at 9-9 and then surged ahead to 16-12. The Danish pair again made a comeback to draw parity at 16-16 and moved neck and neck to 20-20 before Chirag sealed the contest with a precise serve.
Get an overview of today’s matches here