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French Open 2018 : Quarter – Final clash of PV Sindhu & Saina Nehwal

Saina Nehwal at french open badminton 2018

Paris & India’s well known badminton female players PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal now are in quarter-final on Thursday. Saina Nehwal defeating a tricky Japanese opponent in the form of Nozomi Okuhara in three sets 10-21, 21-14, 21-17, while Sindhu secured a rather comfortable 21-17, 21-16 win over Japan’s Sayaka Sato. Sindhu took off 45 minutes to fend off the challenge from Sato’s fighting display and her own errors as she set up a quarter-final clash against China’s Bingjiao He, who earlier defeated South Korea’s Sung Ji Hyun 21-12, 21-19, so let see what outcome would be. Saina Nehwal will find herself in a position that is not very enviable when she stands on the other side of the net in front of world number one Tai Tzu Ying, a shuttler in near invincible form, in their French Open quarter-final on Friday.

Having won eight of the nine finals in bwf French open she has contested this year, Tai is almost playing at a level where even the thought of her losing sounds preposterous. However, with the never-say-never attitude that Saina has, she is not among those who think this match has a foregone conclusion.

While Sindhu, who was ousted in the opening stage of the Denmark Open, upped her game to put in a dominant performance in the pre-quarters of the French Open as she defeated the Japanese Sato. Sindhu’s next opponent is Bingjiao He, of China. Sindhu and Bigjiao have faced each other on 11 occasions before, 6 of which have ended in the Chinese shuttler’s favour while the Indian has claimed 5 wins.

Their most recent battle came in the Indonesia open where Bingjio emerged bwf Sindhu started the match against Sato with utter dominance as the Japan’s left-hander was just unable to match Sindhu’s accuracy, power and stroke-making. Such was Sindhu’s control of the game that she led Sato 11-5 at the break of the first game.

However, Sindhu lost her concentration and her sharpness in the middle to let Sato come back into the game in bwf french open Sindhu also had two unsuccessful challenges as Sato closed it down to 16-16.

The second game in BWF French open was exactly the same where Sindhu raced off to a huge 12-4 lead only to lose her way in the middle and Sato threatened to come close.

However, Sindhu did not repeat the mistake on letting Sato too close a second time and closed out the match 21-16 with a 31-shot rally, the longest of the match Saina will have to deviate from her natural game if she has to beat Tai in Paris, where court conditions will be similar to those in Odense.

She has to take the risks while attacking and be more watchful while retrieving. She also has to ensure Tai in BWF French open plays as few dribbles and flicks at the net as possible by keeping her at the back. And she has to do all this – without a break – for two games so on.

The matches will be started Saina Nehwal vs Tai Tzu Ying quarter-final matches start after 11:10 PM IST and the PV Sindhu vs Bingjiao He match is expected to start after 8:30 PM IST. Delays are expected in the start times of both the matches so stay tuned for more updates.