Taiwan's Chou Tien-chen sails into 2nd round of badminton's French Open
Taipei, Oct. 28 (CNA) Taiwan badminton ace Chou Tien-chen (周天成) sailed into the second round of the French Open Wednesday, sweeping aside India's H.S. Prannoy 21-11, 21-14.
Fourth-seed Chou took only 38 minutes to progress past world No. 31 Prannoy in his opening match on Stade Pierre de Coubertin's court no. 1 in Paris.
It was Chou's fourth win out of five over Prannoy, with the Indian coming out top in a round-of-32 matchup at 2018 All England Open.
Looking to bounce back from his quarterfinal defeat at the Denmark Open in Odense Friday, Chou was clearly on a mission to win and dished out a superb performance to outclass the struggling Prannoy.
Even though the score was tied 2-2 in the early stages of the first game, Chou quickly found his range to reel off seven consecutive points.
The World No. 4 then continued to hold a comfortable lead over the 2018 Wuhan Badminton Asia Championships bronze-medalist to win the first game.
The second game at one stage saw Prannoy stage a comeback by grabbing eight successive points to shorten the gap to one point with the scores at 15-14.
However, Chou's strategy to play the net and then bring out his smash proved too much for Prannoy.
Chou held off Prannoy, with the Taiwanese finding himself at match point at 20-14, before putting the tie to bed.
Chou will next face World No. 37 Brice Leverdez of France on Thursday for a slot in the quarterfinals.
The 2021 French Open Super 750 badminton tournament, held October 26-31, carries a total prize purse of US$600,000.
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