French Open Super Series 2017: 3 Indians in Semifinal, One Final Assured

Indian hunt for 7th French Open Super Series title got a boost in Quarterfinals today after having 4 berths in QF yesterday. After 2012 Runners up finish of Saina Nehwal, first time Indians crossed the quarterfinals at French Open Super Series. PV Sindhu, HS Prannoy and last week’s Denmark Open Super Series winner Srikanth Kidambi produced one of the rare instances of three Indians reaching the semifinals of a Super Series. Chirag/Satwik lost to 2nd seeds but ensured respect and great future hopes.

Results for Indians in QF

    2nd seed Sindhu def Yufei Chen (China) 21-14 21-14 in 42 minutes
    HS Prannoy def Jeon Hyeok Jin (Korea) 21-16 21-16 in 47 minutes
    Srikanth def 4th seed Shi Yuqi (China) 8-21 21-19 21-9 in 60 minutes
    Chirag Shetty / Satwiksairaj Rankireddy lost to 2nd seed Denmark pair 21-5 17-21 21-17 in 59 minutes


    PV Sindhu vs Akane Yamaguchi (Japan)
    HS Prannoy vs Srikanth Kidambi

Srikanth leads 2-1 in career meet of international matches against HS Prannoy. While Srikanth is a title away from being the first Indian to win 4 Super Series title in one year, HS Prannoy is searching for his second super series title after winning the first one in 2016.

PV Sindhu needs one Super Series title to become third Indian after Saina Nehwal (2010) and Srikanth (2017) to win 3 Super Series title in a year. She will face Akane Yamaguchi, who has knocked out Saina Nehwal twice in two weeks. Sindhu leads 3-1 in career meet having won the last three matches against Yamaguchi.

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