Saina Nehwal bows out in quarter-final in French Open

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Paris: Indian star Ace shuttler Saina Nehwal has been knocked out in the quarter-final of French Open Super 750 tournament by Korean teenager An Se Young on Friday in Paris.

 With this, Saina Nehwal had headed to Paris on the back of 3 successive 1st-round exits.

It was an inter-generational clash with a 17-year-old star taking on the 29-year-old Saina, who changed the face of Indian badminton in modern times and the youngster came on top.

Saina lost 20-22, 21-23 to Young in 49 minutes to bow out of the tournament in Paris. This was the very first encounter between the two and the South Korean now leads their head-to-head 1-0.

Later in the day, PV Sindhu will take on top seed Tai Tzu Ying in another women’s singles quarter-final.

 Notably, India’s men’s doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty, who pulled off a major upset against world champions Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan on Thursday, will take on Danish pair Kim Astrup-Anders Skaarup Rasmussen in the quarters.

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