Sunday, 21 Jul 2024

BWF News

The Yonex French Open kicked off with some surprising results in the first round. Minatsu Mitani from Japan caused a major upset by defeating sixth seed Jiang Yanjiao of China in the Women’s Singles category. Two other unexpected outcomes occurred when Du Pengyu from China, who had recently reached the Men’s Singles final at the Denmark Open, was defeated by Hong Kong’s Wing Ki Wong. In the Men’s Doubles, Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen from Denmark, the top seeds and Olympic silver medalists, suffered a straight-games defeat to Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan from Indonesia.

However, it was Mitani who stole the show with an impressive performance. Ranked No. 28, the Japanese player dominated her opening-round match. Mitani took the first game 21-14 after surging ahead from 10-all. The second game was a close battle, with Jiang holding the advantage at 17-14. Nevertheless, Mitani managed to level the score at 19-all and ultimately won the match with a score of 21-14 21-19.

In other Women’s Singles action, top seed Saina Nehwal from India faced a tough challenge from China’s Han Li. After a hard-fought match, Nehwal emerged as the victor with a score of 21-11 16-21 21-19. Nehwal’s opponent put up a strong fight, consistently catching up. However, Nehwal showcased her experience and composure under pressure, securing the last two points to advance to the second round. She will face Sapsiree Taerattanachai from Thailand in her next match.

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The surprises continued in the Women’s Singles category with qualifier Nichaon Jindapon from Thailand defeating eighth seed Bae Yeon Ju from Korea. Jindapon’s impressive performance from last week carried over into this tournament. Additionally, China’s Chen Xiao Jia caused an upset by defeating the fifth seed Sung Ji Hyun from Korea. On the other hand, seeded players like Wang Shixian from China (2), Tine Baun from Denmark (3), Juliane Schenk from Germany (4), and Ratchanok Intanon from Thailand (7) managed to progress to the next round.

In the Men’s Singles category, Denmark had a successful day as veteran player Peter Gade and his compatriots Jan O Jorgensen, Hans Christian Vittinghus, and Viktor Axelsen all secured victories. Sourabh Varma from India, who had previously defeated Gade in Denmark, suffered another loss, this time to Indonesia’s Sony Dwi Kuncoro. However, Varma’s teammate Ajay Jayaram advanced to the second round with a 21-16 21-17 win over Thailand’s Suppanyu Avihingsanon, who had participated in a marathon match just a day earlier.

The only remaining Chinese player in the Men’s Singles category is eighth seed Wang Zhengming, who emerged as the victor with a score of 21-13 21-17 against Marc Zwiebler from Germany.

Overall, the Yonex French Open has already delivered unexpected results, showcasing the unpredictability and excitement of the sport. As the tournament progresses, fans can look forward to more thrilling matches and surprising outcomes.

Text by Carnegiecentre.com