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Updated on: Friday, October 25, 2019, 12:23 AM IST

French Open: Indian pair stun world champions

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Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty | Photo Credit: Twitter

Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty | Photo Credit: Twitter

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Paris: The Indian men's doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty shocked reigning world champions Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan to join P V Sindhu and Saina Nehwal in the quarterfinals of the USD 750,000 French Open here on Thursday.

Satwik and Chirag, who had claimed their maiden Super 500 title at Thailand Open in August, notched up a stunning 21-18 18-21 21-13 win over the world No 2 pair, a winner of the 2013, 2015 and 2019 World Championships.

The world No. 11 pair will next face Denmark's Kim Astrup and Anders Skaarup Rasmussen. World champion Sindhu, who made early exits in the last three tournaments at China, Korea and Denmark, beat Singapore's Yeo Jia Min 21-10 21-13 in 34 minutes to snap her recent run of early exits and enter the quarterfinals. The world No. 6 Indian is expected to meet world No. 1 Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei next.

The eighth-seeded London Olympics bronze medallist Saina, who had won the Indonesia Masters early in the year before going through a rough patch, dispatched Denmark's Line HĂžjmark Kjaersfeldt 21-10 21-11 in 27 minutes to make it to the last eight.

The reigning Commonwealth Games champion will next take on Korea's An Se Young, who had last week knocked out P V Sindhu in opening round of Denmark Open.

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Published on: Friday, October 25, 2019, 12:23 AM IST
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