Thailand Open: Two-time Olympic medalist PV Sindhu advanced to the women’s second round at the Thailand Open here on Wednesday but top badminton players Kidambi Srikanth and HS Prannoy, who played a key role in India’s historic Thomas Cup win recently, were knocked out in the opening round. Got different results.
Sindhu, seeded sixth and ranked seventh in the world rankings, registered a 21-19 19-21 21-18 victory over world number 62 Lauren Lam of the United States to face Sim Yu Jin who won Korea’s Uber Cup. Played an important role in the victory. In this BWF Super 500 tournament, eighth seed Srikanth won the first round match 18-21 21-10 21-16 over Bryce Leverdez of France in 49 minutes. The world number 11 Indian will now face qualifier Anhat Nguen of Ireland, who defeated Denmark’s Hans Christian Solberg Wittings 21-12 23-21 in the first round.
Pranay had to face defeat
Prannoy, who won the deciding third singles during the quarterfinals and semi-finals of the Thomas Cup, went down 17-21 21-15 15-21 to Daren Liu of Malaysia. The other Indians, Ashwini Bhatt K and Shikha Gautam, advanced to the second round with a 21-12 21-17 victory over Thailand’s Kitipak Dubthuk and Prinda Patanavarithipan. Ishaan Bhatnagar and Tanisha Crasto were given walkovers by Matthew Fogarty and Isabel Zhong of the United States to advance to the second round.
Saina is out
London Olympics bronze medalist Saina Nehwal failed to cross the first round hurdle. She lost to Korea’s Kim Ga Eun 21-11 15-21 17-21 in the first round of women’s singles in 50 minutes. Indian qualifier Ashmita Chaliha lost 10-21 15-21 to seventh seed Ratchanok Intanon in a first round match that lasted 29 minutes. Compatriot and another qualifier Akarshi Kashyap also lost 13-21 18-21 to Michelle Li of Canada in the first round.