Friday, June 21

Indian Challenge Ends at French Open 2023: Sindhu Withdraws, Rankireddy-Shetty Lose

PV Sndhu, French Open
P.V. Sindhu, French Open

The dream run of Indian badminton players at the French Open 2023 came to an abrupt end on Thursday, with both P.V. Sindhu and the men’s doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty bowing out of the tournament.

French Open 2023: Sindhu Forced to Withdraw Due to Injury

Two-time Olympic medalist P.V. Sindhu, currently ranked 10th in the world, was forced to withdraw from her round of 16 match against Supanida Katethong of Thailand due to a knee injury. After winning the first game 21-18, Sindhu sustained the injury while stretching for a return shot in the second game when the score was tied at 1-1.

Despite receiving medical treatment and consulting her coach twice, Sindhu ultimately decided to concede the match, handing Katethong a straight passage to the semifinals. This unfortunate withdrawal marks a setback for Sindhu, who was gradually regaining form and recently returned to the top 10 in the world rankings.

Rankireddy and Shetty Fall Short in Men’s Doubles

The men’s doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty, the reigning Asian Games gold medalists and world number one in their category, also suffered a defeat in the round of 16. They were edged out by the experienced Indonesian duo of Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan in a thrilling three-set battle, with the final score being 23-25, 21-19, and 19-21.

While both Sindhu and Rankireddy-Shetty put up a valiant fight, their journeys ultimately ended prematurely at the French Open. However, their performances showcase the potential of Indian badminton and pave the way for future success in international tournaments.

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