The Indian shuttlers had a disappointing day at the French Open 2015. In men’s section all the players were knocked out of the tournament as K Srikanth, Ajay Jayaram lost while P Kashyap was retired due to an injury. In women’s section Jwala Gutta/ Ponappa were knocked out in the second round. Saina Nehwal was the only shuttler to progress into the quarter-finals.

In men’s singles, Ajay Jayaram took on Tien of China in the second round. Ajay Jayaram began well in the match taking an early 5-3 lead in the match. The Chinese player fought back well to equal the score at 5-5 and then took the lead for the first time in the match. Tien continued to dominate the game and scored 4 successive points to take a 9-6 lead. At the interval, Tien led 11-6. After the interval, Jayaram came back to reduce the gap to 15-18. Tien won the first game 21-18. In the second game, Tien began well to take a 3-0 lead and continued to dominate Jayaram. At the interval, Tien led 11-4. After the interval, Tien was aggressive playing some attacking badminton and won the second game 21-8.

P Kashyap took on Rajiv Ospeh. In the first game, Rajiv Ospeh dominated Kashyap in the entire game and never allowed the Indian to come back into the game and won the first set 21-11. In the second game, Kashyap started well taking 7-4 led and continued to dominate Ospeh. At the interval, Kashyap led 11-5. After the interval, Kashyap played excellent badminton and won the second game 21-13. In the third game, Rajiv was leading 4-2 before Kashyap retired hurt.

In another men’s singles match HS Prannoy took on Angus. In the first game, both players started well to take alternate points to level the score at 4-4. Prannoy took the lead for the first time, but NK played some excellent badminton to take next two points for a 6-5 lead. It was a close contest as the match was tied at 10-10. At the interval, NG KL led 11-10. After the interval, Angus took 2 more points for a 13-11 lead. Angus continued to dominate the match till 15-12, but Prannoy came back to reduce the gap to 15-16. He took 4 more points and won the first set 21-15. In the second game, Angus began well to take a commanding a 7-1 lead. Prannoy tried to come back into the match, but Angus took an 11-5 lead at the interval. After the interval, Angus continued to dominate and won the second game 21-10. 

In the women’s section Saina, Nehwal took on Mitani. In the first game, Sania began well to take a 5-4 lead and continued to lead 8-6. Mitani forced her way back in the match and went into the interval with a 10-11 lead. After the interval, Mitani took 2 more points for 13-10 lead before Saina came back to reduce the gap to 13-14. Mitani was 16-14 up, but Saina played some excellent badminton and equaled the score at 17-17 and continued till 19-19. Saina won the next two points to win the first game 21-19. In the second game, Saina started well to take a 3-1 lead before Mitani fought back to reduce the gap to 3-4. Saina raced off to a 7-3 lead. Saina led 9-6, but Mitani fought back well to level the score at 9-9. At the break, Saina led 11-10. After the interval, Saina took 3 successive points for 14-10 lead and continued to dominate Mitani and won the second game 21-16.

In women’s doubles Jwala Gutta/ Ponappa took on Muskens and Piek of Netherlands. In the first game, the Dutch pair started well and dominated the Indian pair. The Dutch pair led 11-7 at the interval. After the interval, the Dutch pair dominated and won the first game 21-15. In the second game, the Indian pair tried to come back in the match but the Dutch pair looked in great form. The Dutch pair led 11-10 at the interval. After the interval, the Indian pair came back and equaled the score 15-15 before Dutch pair won points in succession to win the second game 21-18. 

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