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French Open: PV Sindhu enters semifinals; Lakshya Sen exits

PV Sindhu reacts after winning a point against He Bingjiao at the Tokyo Olympics. Lintao Zhang/Getty Images

India's double Olympic medallist P V Sindhu continued her impressive run at the 2021 French Open by sailing into the women's singles semifinals with a straight-game win over Thailand's Busanan Ongbamrungphan in Paris on Friday. However, young Lakshya Sen's fine run ended after he lost to Korea's Heo Kwanghee in the quarterfinals.

Sindhu, seeded third, scripted a convincing 21-14 21-14 win over eighth-seeded Ongbamrungphan in 38 minutes to extend her dominant head-to-head record against the Thai to 14-1. The 26-year-old from Hyderabad had beaten Ongbamrungphan at Denmark Open last week as well.

Sindhu, the reigning world champion, had defeated Denmark's Line Christophersen, ranked 24th in the world, 21-19 21-9 on Thursday to enter the quarters. She will now cross swords with Japan's world no. 15, Sayaka Takahashi in the last four on Saturday.

Lakshya Sen, meanwhile, saw his bid to reach the semifinals fail, losing 17-21 15-21 to Korea's Heo Kwanghee in 43 minutes. Earlier, the 20-year-old from Almora had notched up a comfortable straight game win over Singapore's Loh Kean Yew to grab a place in the last eight.

Doubles pair Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty exited the tournament with a battling display, losing 21-18 18-21 17-21 to fourth-seeded Malaysian pair, Aaron Chia and Soh Wooi Yik. Earlier, on Thursday, the fifth-seeded Indian duo beat MR Arjun and Dhruv Kapila 15-21 21-10 21-19 in an all-Indian clash to reach the quarterfinals.

Men's singles player Sourabh Verma also bowed out of the competition after losing 12-21 9-21 to Japan's Kenta Nishimoto in the second round.