Srikanth to face Nishimoto in Paris final

Kidambi Srikanth

India’s Kidambi Srikanth will face Kenta Nishimoto of Japan in the final of the French Open on Sunday.

Eighth seed Srikanth came out on top a tight clash with countryman HS Prannoy, fighting back from a game down to secure a 14-21, 21-19, 21-18 victory.

After Prannoy surprised his higher-ranked rival by taking charge of the first game, both the second and third games went right down to the wire, with Srikanth winning the points that mattered at the death to edge the contest.

In the second semi-final of the day, Nishimoto had the measure of Denmark’s Anders Antonsen, sealing a 21-17, 21-15 victory.

Akane Yamaguchi

The women’s final will be contested between top seed Tai Tzu Yang of Chinese Taipei and Japanese fifth seed Akane Yamaguchi.

Tai survived a tough 55-minute encounter against seventh seed He Bingjiao of China, surviving a second-set blip to record a 21-14, 17-21, 21-8 victory.

Yamaguchi, meanwhile, upset second seed PV Sindhu of India 21-14, 21-9 in a one-sided encounter that lasted just 37 minutes.

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