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French Open: Unseeded HS Prannoy shocks Olympic champ Lin Dan

Paris: Indian shuttler HS Prannoy stunned reigning Olympic champion Lin Dan of China while Saina Nehwal and Parupalli Kashyap also crossed the opening hurdle to enter the second round of the USD 275,000 French Open Super Series yesterday.

HS Prannoy
HS Prannoy

Unseeded Prannoy rallied from a set down to beat his formidable third seeded rival 14-21, 21-11, 21-17 in a first round match that lasted one hour and 11 minutes at the Stade Pierre de Coubertin.

Top seed Saina tamed World No 14 Michelle Li of Canada 21-18, 21-13 in a 42-minute women's singles match, while eighth seed Kashyap saw off Thomas Rouxel 21-11, 22-20 in a men's singles contest.

Indian women's doubles pair of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa also advanced to the second round after defeating Thailand duo of Jongkolphan Kititharakul and Rawinda Prajongjai 21-15, 21-12. However, it was curtains for World No 5 Kidambi Srikanth as he went down fighting to Tian Houwei 15-21, 21-13, 11-21 in a 63-minute match.

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