Srikanth claims French Open crown

AGENCIES PARIS, 29th Oct: India's Kidambi Srikanth's dream season continued as he brushed aside the challenge of Japan's Kenta Nishimoto in straight games to win the French Open Super Series men's singles title, on Sunday.

Having already completed a hat-trick of Super Series titles, Srikanth won his fourth title of the season.

Srikanth, seeded eight in the tournament, took just 34 minutes to get the better of his Japanese opponent 21-14, 21-13 in the summit clash.

The win ensured Srikanth, who played his fifth Super Series final this season, bag his second consecutive title in two weeks after winning the Denmark Open in Odense last week.
Srikanth, thus, became only fourth men's singles player to win four or more Super Series titles in a calendar year.

Earlier, the Indonesian pair of Greysia Polli and Apriyani Rahayu defeated South Korea's Lee So Hee and Shin Seung Chan in straight games to clinch the women's doubles title.
The Indonesians took 55 minutes to outclass the South Korean pair 21-17, 21-15.

The mixed doubles title went to the Indonesian pair of Tontowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsir who defeated China's Zheng Siwei and Chen Qingchen 22-20, 21-15 in 45 minutes.

In the women's singles, Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei defeated Japan's Akane Yamaguchi in straight games to clinch the title in a match that lasted for 31 minutes.

The top seed defeated the fifth seeded Japanese 21-4, 21-16.


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