Thailand Open: Saina Nehwal Off To Winning Start As HS Prannoy Bows Out In 1st Round

Saina Nehwal beat Malaysia’s Kisona Selvaduray 21-15, 21-15.© AFP

India shuttler Saina Nehwal on Wednesday progressed to the second round of the ongoing Thailand Open after a comfortable win over Malaysia’s Kisona Selvaduray. Nehwal dominated Selvaduray throughout, winning the match 21-15, 21-15 to book her place in the next round. However, HS Prannoy made a first-round exit after suffering a defeat at the hands of Malaysia’s Lee Zii Jia. Lee Zii Jia registered a 21-13, 14-21, 8-21 win. Zii Jia showed constant improvement after each game and ultimately, advanced to the second round.

Earlier in the day, the Indian men’s doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty cruised into the second round of the tournament. The world number ten Indian pair outclassed the South Korean pair of Kim Gi Jung and Lee Yong Dae 19-21, 21-16, 21-14 in the first round of the tournament.

Kidambi Srikanth also sailed into the second round after a commanding win over compatriot Sourabh Verma. Sourabh failed to cross the opening hurdle, losing to Kidambi 21-12, 21-11 in two consecutive games.

Kidambi, who on Tuesday shared pictures of his bleeding nose, following the “unacceptable” treatment being meted out to him while conducting coronavirus tests, sealed an easy win in a match that lasted just 31 minutes.


Meanwhile, the Badminton World Federation (BWF) on Wednesday said that a doctor from the COVID-19 testing team attended to Kidambi “shortly” after the team member reported that he had a nosebleed following a coronavirus test.

“On Tuesday, the player indicated he suffered a nose bleed following a mandatory PCR test. A doctor from the COVID-19 testing team located at the hotel attended to Kidambi shortly after,” the BWF said in a statement.

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