Thursday was not a good day for India at the ongoing Thailand Open in Bangkok. India’s star women’s shuttler Saina Nehwal suffered a loss after a good start in the second round. In the pre-quarterfinal match played on Thursday, Saina was defeated by Bangkok player 23-21 14-21 16-21. In the match that lasted for an hour, Nehwal won 23–21, playing brilliantly in the first set, although Bangkok’s Busanan then won the next set to enter the next round.
Meanwhile, in the men’s singles category, star badminton player Kidambi Srikanth withdrew from the Thailand Open after complaining of muscle strain. Srikanth, who reached the second round after winning the first round on Wednesday, tweeted on Thursday, “It is very sad to tell all of you that I have been advised to exit the Thailand Open due to a muscle strain.” I am hoping to be fit by next week for the next round of Thailand leg.
It is worth noting that Kidambi entered the next round by beating compatriot Saurabh Verma 21-12 21-11 in straight sets on Wednesday. He now had to compete with Lee Ji Jia of Malaysia. But after Srikanth’s exit, Jia has advanced to the next round.
In the other match of the day, the Indian pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty lost in the second round and got out of the tournament. The Indian pair was beaten 21–19 21–17 in straight sets by the Indonesian pair of Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan.