French table tennis player Félix Lebrun qualified for the semi-finals of the Singapore Smash, the equivalent of a Grand Slam tournament in tennis, by beating Indian Sharath Kamal Achanta on Friday four sets to one (11-9, 11-2, 11-7, 9-11, 11-8).

Lebrun, 17 years old and 6th player in the world, logically dominated the Indian veteran (41 years old, 88th in the world), surprise guest in the quarters of this Grand Smash, one of the main tournaments on the circuit.

The French prodigy will have a lot to do on Saturday in the semi-final, where he will face the winner of the quarter pitting the German Dang Qiu, 10th in the world, against the Chinese world No.2 Wang Chuqin, who defeated him three rounds to zero during the final of the World Team Championship, lost by France at the end of February.

Félix Lebrun is the last French representative still competing in the Singapore Smash, his older brother Alexis having been knocked out in the first round by Chinese world No.3 Ma Long. On Thursday, the Lebrun brothers, together in doubles, were eliminated in the quarter-finals.

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