PV Sindhu beat Chen Yufei of China in straight games to storm into the women’s singles semi-final of the French-Super-Series.
She washed off Chinese Chen Yufei 21-14, 21-14 in 41 minutes.
Sindhu plays a game of immense bullying power and break-neck speed. Chen has answers to posers thrown at her, she’s quite mature for someone exiting her teens.
Sindhu was in her element. She used her long reach and court coverage to flummox opponent and get the better of her with consummate ease. Yufei did not look her best. She was undone by numerous unforced errors.
In men’s doubles, Satwiksairaj and Chiragdished out another superb performance. They shocked the 2016 European champions Conrad-Petersen and Kolding 22-20 12-21 21-19 to reach the quarterfinals.
Paris is one of Sindhu’s favourite venues – she digs the crepes and loves the stores here – but after her maiden Korean crown this year, she is keen on scoring another in Europe. Sindhu’s not lost too many semifinals.
Former World No 1 failed to get across Japan’s World No 5 Akane Yamaguchi, losing 9-21 21-23 in a 39 -minute clash second round clash.
Shi Yuqi won the first game 21-8, but Kidambi Srikanth came back in the second to win 21-19.
The most impressive Indian performer of the day was HS Prannoy, who made light of what could have been a tricky pre-quarter-final clash with Denmark’s Hans-Kristian Solberg Vittinghus, winning at 21-11, 21-12 in a minute under the half-hour mark.
Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy lost 16-21 14-21 to top-seeded Japanese Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi in women’s doubles.