Paris: On Friday, Paris will characteristic a pleasant French kiss for badminton followers.
After enjoying one another finally Friday’s Denmark Open quarter-finals, the place World No. 5 Loh Kean Yew of Singapore walked away with a 21-17, 21-10 victory in opposition to World No. 1 Viktor Axelsen, the 2 badminton stars will tackle one another once more within the French Open quarter-finals on Friday.
Loh confirmed sturdy court docket management to beat Kanta Tsuneyama of Japan 21-14, 21-11 on Thursday whereas Viktor Axelsen fended off a robust comeback by Sitthikom Thammasin within the second spherical of the French Open. Thammasin fought from 11-19 down within the first set, to slim the hole to 19-20 earlier than shedding the primary sport to Axelsen 19-21. Axelsen then superior by profitable the second sport 21-17.
Axelsen held a 4-2 profession head-to-head benefit over Loh previous to Friday’s assembly.
In males’s doubles, England’s World No. 13 Ben Lane/Sean Vendy pulled off an upset to beat final week’s Denmark Open champions – World No. 6 Fajar Alfian/Muhammad Rian Ardianto 16-21, 23-21, 21-15.
Lane/Vendy will play Liang Wei Keng/Wang Chang of China on Friday. Liang/Wang defeated reigning world champions – Aaron Chia/Soh Wooi Yik within the first spherical.
Malaysia’s males’s doubles World No. 9 Ong Yew Sin/Teo Ee Yi secured a spot within the quarter-finals once they noticed off a spirited problem from World No. 14 Leo Rolly Carnando/Daniel Marthin of Indonesia 21-18, 17-21, 22-20 to play Choi Sol Gyu/Kim Gained Ho of Korea on Friday.
In the meantime, the ladies’s doubles World No. 11 Pearly Tan/Thinaah Muralitharan from Malaysia overcame Febriana Dwipuji Kusuma/Amalia Cahaya Pratiwi of Indonesia 21-16, 21-14 to satisfy No. 3 seeds Nami Matsuyama/Chiharu Shida of Japan.
Matsuyama/Chiharu Shida superior after defeating the Danish pair, Alexandra Boje/Amalie Magelund 21-18, 21-7.
This is able to be a great likelihood for Tan/Muralitharan to make up for his or her disappointment on the Denmark Open final week once they have been stopped within the second spherical.