Saina lone Indian survivor at French Open Super Series

Paris: Ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal emerged as the lone survivor at the French Open Super Series after she defeated Minatsu Mitani of Japan to reach the quarterfinals of the women’s singles event.

Saina, who slipped to world number two in the latest rankings, claimed a 21-19, 21-16 win over her Japanese opponent in a thrilling second round contest that lasted 41 minutes.

In men’s singles, HS Prannoy crashed out of the tournament after suffering 15-21, 10-21 defeat against Hong Kong’s NG Ka Long Angus, while Ajay Jayaram was beaten 18-21, 8-21 by China’s Tian Houwei.