The ongoing BWF World Tour Super 750 French Open has produced some high-quality badminton and many surprising results. On the penultimate day of the tournament, there were further surprises in the semis across divisions.
17-year old talent in the womens singles
In the women’s singles, 17-years old South Korean AN Se Young continued her incredible journey in the tournament by defeating second-seed Akane Yamaguchi of Japan. What is even more impressive is the fact that she won the match in just two games and saw off a tense situation in the second game where extra points were needed for victory. Coming on the back of her win over India’s former World no. 1 Saina Nehwal in the quarter-finals, this performance is yet another proof of her massive talent. She now faces a red-hot Carolina Marin who followed up her hard-earned win over Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand in the quarters with a decimation of world no. 1 Tai Tzu Ying in the semi-final. Tai earned an impressive win over World Champion Pusarla Venkata Sindhu in the last-8 stage but she had suffered from back pain and also looked highly error-prone through the match. The match between the Taiwanese wizard and the Olympic champion promised to be a thriller but was anything but. Marin won the contest 21-16, 21-9 in an anti-climax.
On the other hand Marin booked her place in the women’s singles final by defeating top seed Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei. The Spaniard, seeking her second major victory since returning from a long-term injury, was in impressive form as she dispatched Tai 21-16, 21-9. “I do not know how I managed to recover from last night. I finished my massage at 4.00am, and I felt stiffer in my body. I was not fresh for this match. I knew she was tired too. In the second game she did not play any good trick shots and she made many mistakes, and then I knew she was tired. ” Marin stated.
The results of the mens singles
On the men’s side, the title match on Sunday would be a delicious contest between the reigning Olympic champion and the current Asian Games champion. Anthony Sinisuka Ginting, who seems to be the only player in the world capable of stopping Kento Momota of Japan, couldn’t overcome the challenge of Chen Long of China. The latter won their match 21-19, 21-18. Anthony left behind 7-11 from Chen Long in the first game interval. The lagging distance was reduced to 11-12 after the interval. Chen Long slowly able to get back away from the pursuit of Anthony with a score of 17-12. Points representative from China did not move, Anthony was able to equalize the score to 17-17. Chen Long was able to lead 20-17 and Anthony reduced it to 19-20. Chen Long was finally able to close the first game with a 21-19 win after how Anthony punched him on the net. Anthony step on the gas in the second game. He was able to lead 11-6 at intervals in nine minutes. Anthony made many mistakes after the interval. Chen Long was even able to lead 19-18 behind and closed the second game with a 21-18 victory.
On the other side, Jonatan Christie of Indonesia came back after losing the opening game easily to win his match against former World Champion Viktor Axelsen 7-21, 22-20, 21-19. Interestingly, in the Asian Games last year also, it was Ginting who had knocked out Momota, the favourite, but Christie walked away with the gold. History could well repeat itself. At the same time, Chen Long, who had been out of sorts in the last couple of years, seems to be getting back his touch as the countdown to Olympics continues. A victory for Christie, on the other hand, would prove that his Asian Games gold was no fluke.
The Indian duo still has their dream
Indian men’s doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty continued their dream-run, entering the finals of the French Open Super 750 with a thrilling straight game win over the Japanese pair of Hiroyuki Endo and Yuta Watanabe here. Satwik and Chirag, who had won their maiden Super 500 title at the Thailand Open in August, notched up a 21-11 25-23 win over the fifth seeded Japanese combination in a 56-minute semifinal on Saturday. Satwik and Chirag had come into the match with a 0-2 head-to-head record against the Japanese combination, having lost to them at the 2018 Indonesia Open and 2017 World Championship. They are the only remaining Indian challenge at the USD 7,00,000 event following the defeat of P V Sindhu and Saina Nehwal at the quarterfinal stage. The world number 11 Indian pair will now take on top seeded Indonesian pair of Marcus Gideon and Kevin Sukamuljo in the summit clash.
Alle ready to the finals in mixed doubles
China’s mixed doubles, Zheng Siwei / Huang Yaqiong, made it easy to qualify for the 2019 French Open finals . Zheng / Huang successfully won over Japan’s representative, Yuta Watanabe / Arisa Higashino in the semifinals. China’s mainstay mixed doubles win after fighting three games with a score of 12-21, 12-21, 21-16. These results ensure Zheng / Huang advance to the final round. They will meet again with Praveen / Melati, Zheng / Huang have the opportunity to avenge their defeat at the 2019 Denmark Open. Because, Zheng / Huang was eliminated in the quarterfinals last week after losing at the hands of Praveen / Melati in the quarterfinals of the Denmark Open 2019. Chinese mixed doubles were defeated by a score of 21-18, 16-21, 20-22. “For the match tomorrow (Sunday) the odds are 50-50. But certainly, our appearance must be even more leverage. We also have to keep conditions and focus, “Praveen said.
At the semifinals of the French Open 2019, Praveen / Melati eliminated a British couple Chris Adcock / Gabrielle Adcock 21-19, 21-12. Related to the results of the match, Melati claimed to be happy and grateful to be able to reach the final round again. At the 2019 Danish Open last week, Praveen / Melati won the mixed doubles after beating Chinese second seed Wang Yi Lyu / Huang Dong Ping with a score of 21-18, 18-21 and 21-19. “Of course, we are very happy to get to the final again. So that we can prove that after yesterday’s win at the Denmark Open, we can now maintain our performance and return to the final, “explained Melati.
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