French Open: India’s campaign ends as Rankireddy-Shetty, Nehwal, Sindhu, Kidambi bow out

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Paris: Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty failed to make it to their first French Open final as they went down fighting 12-21, 24-26 against World No.1 men’s doubles pair of Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo of Indonesia in the semi-final on Saturday.

The Indonesian duo opened up a 5-0 lead in the opening game.

Rankireddy-Shetty lost the first game as the Indonesian grabbed a 1-0 lead. Though the Indian duo took a 5-1 lead in the second game, the world no 1 pair gradually started to close the gap.

The Indonesian pair eventually managed to draw level at 17-17 following which they won the second game along with the match.

Earlier, India’s singles challenge ended in the quarter-finals after Saina Nehwal, PV Sindhu, and Kidambi Srikanth lost their respective matches.

Saina went down to World No. 1 and defending champion Tai Tzu Ying with the sets of 20-22, 11-21. Similarly, Srikanth faced a 16-21, 19-21 defeat to world champion Momota.

World No. 2 PV Sindhu lost to former champion and seventh seed He Bingjiao in a straight game of 13-21, 16-21.

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