French Open Badminton Tournament: India’s top-ranked shuttler Lakshya Sen suffered a setback in the first round of the French Oven Super 750 badminton tournament. Commonwealth Games gold medalist Sen got this defeat at the hands of compatriot Kidambi Srikanth. Srikanth defeated compatriot Lakshya Sen to enter the second round of the French Open Super 750 badminton tournament. On the other hand, Sameer Verma made it to the second round with an unexpected win over Anthony Sinisuka Ginting of Indonesia.
Lakshya Sen lost to compatriot
World Championship 2021 silver medalist Srikanth defeated Sen in 46 minutes. Kidambi won the match in straight games 21-18, 21-18. Srikanth will now face the winner of the match between Rasmus Gemke of Denmark and N Anguyen of Ireland.
Sameer Verma made a big difference
Indian shuttler Sameer Verma made the biggest upset in the French Open. Unseeded player Verma defeated Anthony, playing in the tournament with the sixth seed, in three games in a difficult match that lasted one hour and 17 minutes. Sameer Verma defeated Anthony 21-15, 21-23, 22-20. With this sensational victory, the Indian shuttler also avenged the loss suffered by the same opponent in the Swiss Open tournament in March. Now both have a head to head record of 2-2 against each other. Verma will now face Thailand’s Kunlavut Viditsarn.
HS Prannoy made it to the second round
HS Prannoy also sealed his place in the second round of the French Open by defeating Malaysia’s Liu Daren. Indian shuttler Prannoy defeated a lower ranked opponent 21-16, 16-21, 21-16. He will now face China’s Lu Guang Xu in the second round.
In men’s doubles, MR Arjun and Dhruv Kapila lost 15-21, 16-21 to fifth seeded Indonesian pair of Fajar Alfian and Muhammad Ryan Ardiant.