Kyle Stanley

Marcus-Kevin inch closer to first individual crown

PETALING JAYA: Indonesia’s Marcus Fernaldi-Kevin Sanjaya are just one step away from tasting their first individual success in almost two years.

The world No. 1 pair came from the brink of defeat to beat teammates Alfian Fajar-Rian Ardianto 21-19, 12-21, 26-24 in the men’s doubles semi-finals at the French Open in Paris.

On Friday, Marcus-Kevin ended the fine run of Malaysia’s independent shuttlers Ong Yew Sin-Teo Ee Yi when they pulled off a 21-13, 22-20 win in the quarter-finals while Fajar-Rian were equally impressive in their 23-21, 21-18 win over Japan’s No. 1 Takuro Hoki-Yugo Kobayashi.

In today’s final, they will take on Ko Sung-hyun-Shin Baek-cheol of South Korea, who defeated Malaysia’a Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik 14-21, 21-10, 24-22 in another semi-final match.

The Indonesians have not won any individual title since winning the 2020 Malaysia Masters. They are highly charged up especially after being part of the team that captured the Thomas Cup Finals title in Denmark two weeks ago.

The Tokyo Olympics bronze medallists Aaron-Wooi Yik stood solid despite a tough fight from India’s Satwiksairaj Rankireddy-Chirag Shetty before winning 18-21, 21-18, 21-17 after an hour-long battle.

The Koreans, who had been going through a rough patch, put up a good show to upset second seeds Mohd Ahsan-Hendra Setiawan 16-21, 21-19, 21-13.

Meanwhile, Chou Tien-chen of Taiwan also made it to the final of the French Open after defeating Heo Kwang-hee of South Korea 21-15, 21-17.

He will take on the winner of an all-Japanese semi-final match between Kento Momota and Kanta Tsuneyama.



Men’s singles: Chou Tien-chen (Tpe) bt Hee Kwang-hee (Kor) 21-15, 21-17.

Men’s doubles: Marcus Fernaldi-Kevin Sanjaya (Ina) bt Alfian Fajar-Rian Ardianto (Ina) 21-19, 12-21, 26-24.

Women’s singles: Sayaka Takahashi (Jpn) bt P.V. Sindhu (Ind) 18-21, 21-16, 21-12.

Women’s doubles: Kim So-yeong-Kong Hee-yong (Kor) bt Nami Matsuyama-Chiharu Shida (Jpn) 21-17, 21-19.

Mixed doubles: Yuta Watanabe-Arisa Higashino (Jpn) bt Dechapol Puavaranukroh-Sapsiree Taeratanachai (Tha) 21-18, 22-20.


Men’s singles: Chou Tien-chen (Tpe) bt Kenta Nishimoto (Jpn) 21-17 19-21 21-16, Kento Momota (Jpn) bt Shesar Hiren (Ina) 21-19 21-11; Heo Kwang-hee (Kor) bt Lakshya Sen (Ind) 21-17 21-15; Kanta Tsuneyama (Jpn) bt Lee Cheuk Yiu (Hkg) 21-16 21-9.

Men’s doubles: Fajar Alfian-Rian Ardianto (Ina) bt Takuro Hoki-Yugo Kobayashi (Jpn) 23-21 21-18, Ko Sung-hyun-Shin Baek-cheol (Kor) bt Mohd Ahsan-Hendra Setiawan (Ina) 16-21 21-19 21-13; Aaron Chia-SohWooi Yik (Mas) bt Satwiksairaj Rankireddy-Chirag Shetty (Ind) 18-21 21-18 21-17; Marcus Fernaldi-Kevin Sanjaya (Ina) bt Ong Yew Sin-Teo Ee Yi (Mas) 21-13 22-20.

Women’s singles: Akane Yamaguchi (Jpn) bt Pornpawee Chochuwong (Tha) 21-19 19-21 21-1; An Se-young (Kor) bt Yeo Jia Min (Sin) 21-11 21-17; Lee So-hee-Shin Seung-chan (Kor) bt Gabriela Stoeva-Stefani Stoeva (Bul) 21-13 21-9; Sayaka Takahashi (Jpn) bt Ratchanok Inatanon (Tha) 21-6 21-16; P. V. Sindhu (Ind) bt Busanan Ongbamrungphan (Tha) 21-14 21-14.

Women’s doubles: Nami Matsuyama-Chiharu Shida (Jpn) bt Chloe Birch-Lauren Smith (Eng) 21-14 18-21 21-10; Yuki Fukushima-Arisa Higashino (Jpn) bt Jongkolphan Kititharakul-Rawinda Prajongjai (Tha) 21-16 21-1; Kim So-yeong-Kong Hee-yong bt Siti Fadia-Ribka Sugiarto 21-19 21-14

Mixed doubles: Tang Chun Man-Tse Ying Suet (Hkg) bt Praveen Jordan-Melati Daeva (Ina) 21-19 21-11; Mathias Christiansen-Alexandra Boje (Den) bt Supak Jomkoh-Supissara Paewsampran (Tha) 21-16 21-10; Yuta Watanabe-Arisa Higashino (Jpn) bt Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying (Mas) 21-10 21-17; Dechapol Puavaranukroh-Sapsiree Taerattanachai (Tha) bt Goh Soon Huat- Shevon Lai Jemie 21-14 21-10.


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