Badminton French Open 2014: Can 12 Indians get 6th French Title for India!!

2014 French Open is scheduled from 21-26 October. The Prize money is $275,000. 12 Indians are representing India in all the events. Since 1983 India has won 4 Men’s Singles Title and one Women’s Singles title, while three Indians have lost in the final. Saina has also reached the final in 2012. Her current coach Vimal Kumar is the only Indian to have won twice here.

2014 French Open Schedule: Day 1

French Open History
The French Open Badminton is held since 1909 by the Fédération Française de Badminton (FFBa), with breaks between 1915-1934, and in 1965, 1970, 1972, 1994 and 2006. In 2007 it was promoted to BWF Super Series making it one of the 12 major badminton tournaments in the World. It is held at Pierre de Coubertin Stadium.

5 Indians have Won the Tournament

    Men’s Singles Winner: Vimal Kumar (1983 and 1984), Sidarth Jain (2000), Abhinn Shyam Gupta (2001)
    Women’s Singls Winner: Aparna Popat won in 1998
    Women’s Singles Loser: Aparna Popat (1999), Saina Nehwal (2012)
    Men’s Singles Loser: Gopichand (1999)

Indian Participants and Matches of 1st Round

    Saina Nehwal (5th seed) vs Sashina Vignes Waran (France)
    P.V. Sindhu (8th) vs Porntip Buranaprasertsuk (Thailand)
    P Kashyap vs Kenichi Tago (4th seed of Japan)
    R M V Gurusaidutt vs Hu Yun (8th seed)
    H S Prannoy vs Kento Momota (16th seed)
    K Srikanth vs TBD
    Jwala Gutta vs Ashwini Ponnappa vs Eefje Muskens and Selena Peik (Netherlands)
    Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy vs Liu Xialong and Qiu Zihan (5th seed Chinese)
    Pranaav Chopra and Akshay Dewalkar vs Li Junhui and Liu Yuchen (China)
    Ashwini Ponnappa and Vladimir Ivanov vs Vincent Espen and Manon Krieger (France)

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