India’s journey ends at French Open 2023 with Satwik/Chirag’s Pre-Quarterfinal Exit and Sindhu’s Heartbreaking withdrawal due to knee injury

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PV Sindhu and the Asian Games gold medalist men’s doubles combo of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty were eliminated in the second round of the French Open badminton event on Thursday. The third-seeded Satwik and Chirag were defeated in the round of 16 match by the Indonesian pair of Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan 23-25 21-19 19-21.

In the opening game, which was fiercely contested, the Indian duo rallied from 13-18 behind to win 20-20. There was a lot of back and forth, but the Indonesian duo won the game 25-23. Satwik/Chirag came back to win the second game 21-19, but lost the last game 19-21 to exit the competition.

PV Sindhu withdrew from the French Open Super 750 during her Round of 16 match against Thailand’s world no. 16 Supanida Katethong owing to evident discomfort in her left knee. Sindhu won the opening game 21-18, and the second set was tied 1-1 when the Indian experienced pain in her left knee at the Glaz Arena.

Sindhu injured her knee after stretching much too far when returning a shot from Katethong. Sindhu used the magic spray and sought the assistance of the tournament doctor.

In the first round, Sindhu upset Indonesian seventh seed Gregoria Mariska Tunjung 12-21 21-18 21-15. Earlier this week, the ace Indian shuttler had returned to the top 10 of the BWF global rankings for the first time in over six months, thanks to four semifinal appearances.

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