Bangkok, 13 January (IANS). Olympic medalist Saina Nehwal and former world number-1 Indian badminton player Kidambi Srikanth entered the next round by winning their first round match at the Thailand Open here on Wednesday.
At the same time, Parupalli Kashyap dropped out in the middle and Sameer Verma and HS Prannoy lost in the first round.
Saina, currently ranked 20th in the world rankings, defeated Malaysia’s Selvaderay Kisona in the women’s singles first round on Wednesday. Saina defeated Kisona 21-15 21-15 in a 36-minute match to advance to the second round.
This was Saina’s first career clash against Kisona. In the second round, Saina will now face World No. 12 Thailand’s Busanan Ongbaramungfan, against whom Saina holds a career record of 3-3.
In the men’s singles, Srikanth, currently ranked 14th in the world rankings, defeated compatriot Saurabh Verma in his round match. Srikanth defeated world number-30 Saurabh 21-12 21-11 in a 31-minute match.
With this victory, 27-year-old Srikanth has made his career 3-0 against Saurabh. Earlier, Srikanth defeated Saurabh at the Hong Kong Open in 2019 and the French Open in 2013.
In the second round, Srikanth will now face eighth seed Malaysia’s Li Ji Jia, who defeated Indian player HS Prannoy in a three-game contest. World No-28 Prannoy lost 21-13 14-21 8-21 against World No-10 Jia in 55 minutes.
In another men’s singles match, Sameer Verma lost to Indonesia’s Cheshire Hiren Rustavito.
Rustavito beat Samir 21-15 21-17 in a 37-minute match. World No. 31 Sameer had his first career clash against World No. 18 against Rustavito.
Earlier, in the men’s singles first match, Parupalli Kashyap dropped out of the match leaving his first round match in the middle. Kashyap landed on the court against Canadian Anthony Ho Shue. In the first game, they lost 9-21, while in the second game they returned and won 21-13. In the third game, Shue was ahead 14–8, but Kashyap decided to retire and Shue got a chance to go to the second round.
Earlier, the men’s doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty reached the second round of the tournament.
Chirag and Satwik pair advanced to the next round by defeating South Korean pair Kim Ji Jung and Lee Yong Dae 19-21 21-16 21-14 in the first round. The Indian pair won the match in an hour and eight minutes.
In another men’s doubles match, the pair of MR Arjun and Dhruv Kapila lost. Malaysian pair Yong Yew Sin and Toe EA defeated the Indian pair 21-13 8-21 22-24.
India suffered disappointment in mixed doubles. B. Sumit Reddy and N. Sikki Reddy’s pair defeated Teng Chun Man and Tse Ying Suet 22-20, 21-17 in the first round.
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