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French Open: Sindhu looks for consistency, Sameer hoping for a decent run

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The French Open Super 750 Badminton tournament will start on Tuesday. Two times Olympic medalist PV Sindhu will surely like to rectify her flaws. 

In the recent Denmark Open, although Sindhu’s first event in about two months. She looked slacked. Eventually, she lost to the uprising An Seyoung in the Quarter Finals. She even faced difficulties in overcoming Busanan Ongbamrungphan of Thailand on route to the final- eight. 

Although PV Sindhu is the defending World Champion, she still looked clueless against An Seyoung. Moreover, An gave her no chance to play her attacking game.

The 26-year-old, who will open against Julie Dewall Jakobsen from Denmark. Sindhu must try to return to her best aggressive self and build up her defence. If she hopes to have a podium finish. 

In the French Open, Sindhu is most likely to face opponents like Line Christophersen of Denmark and Busanan Ongbamrungphan of Thailand or Scottish Kristy Gilmour in the coming round.

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Other prominent Indian female players in French Open

Saina Nehwal was the Bronze medalist of the London Olympics. She was injured on the groin during the Uber Cup Final played in the Denmark Open, although she lost to Sayaka Takahashi of Japan in the first round. She would be optimistic to start the French Open with a win.

Men’s at the event

All eyes will be on Sameer Verma, after his stellar performance last week. The 25-year-old from Madhya Pradesh sent shock waves around the world after his win against Anders Antonsen. Eventually, he had to retire in the quarter-finals while playing against Tommy Sugiarto due to a calf injury. Sameer will face Jonathan Christie who is sixth-seeded. Surely he needs to be at his best if he wants to go forward in the French Open.

On the other hand, Kidambi Srikanth will come against world number one Kento Momota of Japan in the opening round of the French Open. This will be a chance to get back for Srikanth after he lost to the same opponent last time. 

Srikanth did put up a good fight in the first game, but he ran out of stamina in the second game against Momota. 

In another match, there is an all India affair as Lakhsya Sen will Come up against B Sai Praneeth. After having a decent Denmark Open H S Pranoy will face foth seeded Chou Tein Chen of Chinese Taipei. While on the other hand, Sourabh Verma will match up against Anthony Sinisuka Genting.

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Mens and Womens double

In men’s doubles, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty will come up against Chinese Taipei’s Lee Jhe-Huei and Yang Po-Hsuan. On the other hand, talented pair of MR Arjun and Dhruv Kapila are going to face Joshua Magee and Paul Reynolds of Ireland. Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy will lock their head against Ko Sung Hyun and Shin Baek-Cheol of Korea. 

In the women’s doubles, Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy will come up against world number one pair Lee Sohee and Shin Seung-chan of Korea. Meanwhile, Meghana Jakkampudi and S Ram Poorvisha are going to face Alyssa Tirtosentono and Imke Van Der Aar of The Netherlands in the French Open Tournament.

The pair of Satwiksairaj and Ashwini will cross swords against Mathias Thyrri and Mai Sorrow of Denmark for the mixed doubles.

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