Antonsen sends Chen packing in Paris

Chen Long

The seeds keep tumbling at the French Open in Paris, as unseeded Dane Anders Antonsen knocked out reigning Olympic champion Chen Long.

Top seed Son Wan Ho and former World No 1 Lee Chong Wei were both eliminated in Wednesday’s first round, and Chen joined the exodus as he went down 15-21, 21-16, 21-16.

Antonsen moves on to face Hong Kong’s Angus Ng Ka Long.

Qualifier Kenta Nishimoto followed up his victory over Lee Chong Wei with a 21-13, 21-17 victory over B Sai Praneeeth.

The pick of Friday’s quarter-finals sees fourth seed Shi Yuqi take on eighth seed Srikanth Kidambi.

Kidambi edged Vincent Wong Wing Ki 21-19, 21-17, while Shi saw off Brice Leverdez 21-15, 21-10.

In the women’s draw, top seed Tai Tzu Ying advanced with a 21-13, 21-14 victory over Saena Kawakami, but fourth seed Carolina Marin was beaten 21-18, 21-19 by South Korea’s Jang Mi Lee.

Others to advance included second seed PV Sindhu, third seed Sung Ji Hyun and fifth seed Akane Yamaguchi.