Shi Yuqi triumphs at French Open

China’s Shi Yuqi tasted victory at the Yonex French Open on Sunday as he defeated South Korea’s Lee Hyun Il 21-16, 21-19.

In the first game, Shi and Lee were neck and neck for a majority of the time before Shi started to pull away.

It was a similar case in the second game, with Shi leading 20-15 at one point before Lee made a small run and reduced the deficit to 20-19. Despite this, Shi maintained his composure and went on to clinch his second title of the year, the other having come at the Indonesian Masters in September.

Meanwhile, Shi’s compatriot He Bingjiao won the women’s singles event as she crushed the USA’s Beiwen Zhang 21-9, 21-9 in just 33 minutes.

China dominated the doubles events as well as Chen Qingchen and Jia Yifan stunned sixth seeds Chang Ye Na and Lee So Hee of South Korea 21-16, 21-17.

In the mixed doubles competition, seventh seeds Zheng Siwei and Chen Qingchen downed top seeds Ko Sung Hyun and Kim Ha Na 21-16, 21-15.

In the men’s doubles event, second seeds Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen of Denmark saw off Bodin Isara and Nipitphon Phuangphua of Thailand after they retired midway through the match. The Danes lost the first game 19-21 before bouncing back to win the second game 21-18. They were leading 3-0 in the decider before the Thai pair pulled out.

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