Kidambi Srikanth, Lakshya Sen bow out of French Open Badminton


File photo of Kidambi Srikanth© AFP

India’s ace shuttlers Kidambi Srikanth and Lakshya Sen bowed out of the French Open Super 750 tournament after losing their respective men’s singles matches in Rennes on Wednesday. The first to take to the pitch at the Glaz Arena was Srikanth, who was shown the door by Toma Junior Popov from France. Srikanth lost the round of 17 17-21 15-21 in 44 minutes. It was an easy win for the world number 25 French player as he punished the 22nd ranked Srikanth for his flawed display. Heading into this match, Srikanth had a 3-1 advantage over his opponent in the head-to-head.

Soon after, it was Lakshya’s turn to suffer as he went down 15-21 18-21 to Arnaud Merkle, who is also from France and had lost to the Indian in their last meeting way back in 2016 when they competed in juniors.

However, this was their first meeting on the BWF World Tour.

Lakshya lost his match in 55 minutes after he appeared to stage a comeback of sorts in the second match as he led the Frenchman for a good stretch.

It turned out to be a forgettable day for the Indian team as both their established stars went down in straight games.

The two badminton stars came here after suffering early exits in last week’s Denmark Open.

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