Akane Yamaguchi & Tai Tzu Ying bow out of French Open

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Perhaps Akane Yamaguchi is getting tired after her Denmark Open victory last week. (photo: AP)

Paris: Both women’s singles finalists of last week’s Denmark Open, Akane Yamaguchi of Japan and Tai Tzu Ying of Taiwan were knocked out of the French Open on Friday.Perhaps Akane Yamaguchi is getting tired after her Denmark Open victory last week. (photo: AP)

The 19-year-old Akane Yamaguchi who was eyeing her third consecutive Superseries women’s singles title after winning the Korea and Denmark Open, went down to Zhang Beiwen of USA 16-21, 21-13, 18-21 in a 53 minute battle at the Stade Pierre de Coubertin in Paris.

No. 4 seed Tai Tzu Ying was also overpowered by fifth-ranked Sung Ji Hyun of South Korea, losing the match 15-21, 21-5, 15-21 in 52 minutes.

The day of upsets continued as No. 3 seeds women’s doubles pair Christinna Pedersen and Kamilla Rytter Juhl of Denmark were sent packing by China’s Chen Qingchen/Jia Yifan 19-21, 19-21.

Women’s doubles No. 4 seeds Greysia Polii and Nitya Krishinda Maheswari of Indonesia also crashed out of the tournament with 21-18, 12-21, 13-21 loss to China’s Huang Dongping and Li Yinhui.

In mixed doubles, Indonesia’s No. 2 seeds Praveen Jordan/Debby Susanto were beaten by No. 7 seeds Zheng Siwei/Chen Qingchen of China, going down 18-21, 14-21 in 36 minutes. However, South Korea’s No. 1 seeds Ko Sung Hyun and Kim Ha Na were on course for their French Open title after coming through a 3-set 22-20, 15-21, 21-15 battle over Japan’s Kenta Kazuno and Ayane Kurihara in the quarter-finals. Ko/Kim will play last week’s Denmark Open champions Joachim Fischer Nielsen and Christinna Pedersen of Denmark on Saturday.

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