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The YONEX French Open: Opportunities Aplenty for New Champions

The YONEX French Open is set to captivate badminton fans this week, promising an exciting men’s singles tournament with a guaranteed new champion. Chen Long, the defending champion, will not be competing in Paris, creating opportunities for a range of talented players in top form.

Sports enthusiasts are eagerly awaiting the performances of the top two seeds, Viktor Axelsen and Kento Momota. These exceptional athletes recently faced off in a thrilling Denmark Open final, which saw Axelsen emerge victorious in front of his home crowd.

Axelsen will commence his campaign at the Stade Pierre de Coubertin against South Korean talent Heo Kwanghee. Meanwhile, Momota, a former winner of this esteemed tournament, faces a challenging first-round clash with Kidambi Srikanth, the 2017 champion.

The men’s singles draw has seen some changes, with the withdrawal of fifth and sixth seeds Anthony Ginting and Jonatan Christie due to injury. This leaves Momota as the sole seeded player in the top section, raising expectations for an exciting path to the finals.

In the women’s singles, Akane Yamaguchi, fresh off her Denmark Open triumph, assumes the top seed position. She will commence her campaign against Kim Ga-eun, aiming to recreate her 2018 success in the French capital. However, standing in her way is An Se-young, the reigning champion who hopes to secure another title after finishing as the runner-up in Odense.

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Ratchanok Intanon and PV Sindhu, the second and third seeds respectively, are set to face Marie Batomene and Julie Jakobsen in their opening-round clashes. Meanwhile, Kirsty Gilmour seeks to build on her impressive run to the semi-finals in Denmark.

Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo, the top seeds in the men’s doubles, aim to reclaim the trophy they won two years ago. However, they face stiff competition from Indonesian pairings such as Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan, as well as Fajar Alfian and Muhammad Rian Ardianto.

The women’s doubles category sees defending champions Lee So-hee and Shin Seung-chan as the top seeds, eager to retain their title from 2019. In mixed doubles, Praveen Jordan and Melati Daeva Oktavianti, the reigning champions, are seeded second behind Dechapol Puavaranukroh and Sapsiree Taerattanachai.

FAQs

Q: Who are the top seeds in the men’s singles at the YONEX French Open?
A: The top two seeds in the men’s singles category at the YONEX French Open are Viktor Axelsen and Kento Momota.

Q: Which players have withdrawn from the YONEX French Open due to injury?
A: Indonesian pair Anthony Ginting and Jonatan Christie, seeded fifth and sixth, have withdrawn from the tournament due to injury.

Q: Who is the top seed in the women’s singles category at the YONEX French Open?
A: Akane Yamaguchi, fresh from her Denmark Open triumph, is the top seed in the women’s singles at the YONEX French Open.

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Q: Who are the defending champions in the men’s and women’s doubles categories?
A: Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo are the defending champions in the men’s doubles, while Lee So-hee and Shin Seung-chan are the defending champions in the women’s doubles.

Summary

The YONEX French Open promises an exhilarating badminton tournament, with the absence of defending champion Chen Long opening up opportunities for new winners in the men’s singles category. Top seeds Viktor Axelsen and Kento Momota are expected to deliver outstanding performances after their thrilling Denmark Open final clash. In the women’s singles, Akane Yamaguchi leads the pack, hoping to replicate her previous success. Defending champions Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo, and Lee So-hee and Shin Seung-chan, seek to retain their titles in the men’s and women’s doubles categories. Whether you’re a badminton enthusiast or a sports lover, don’t miss out on the action at the YONEX French Open. Get your tickets today and witness the world’s best players in action.

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(Source: Carnegiecentre.com)