Thailand Open: Saina Nehwal flopped, Kidambi Srikanth also out

Bangkok: India’s star shuttler Saina Nehwal has crashed out of the Thailand Open Super 1000 Badminton Tournament after losing to Thailand’s Busanan Ongbaramrangfan in the second round of women’s singles on Thursday.

Thursday was also not a good day for other players of India, due to which the Indian challenge was also ended in this tournament.

Saina’s defeat in the second round

Saina managed to win the first game but after that she could not maintain the rhythm and lost 23-21, 14-21, 16-21 in a 68-minute match. This is Saina’s fourth consecutive defeat at the hands of Busan, ranked 12th in the world.

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Long rallies were seen between Saina and Busanan but the Thai player took good shots which benefited them. In the first game, Saina was leading 6-5 at one time but Busanan was leading 11-9 at the break.

Saina, however, came back after this and after matching the score from 17-17, gave her opponent a level match. Saina won the first game after Busanan’s loose return got tangled on the net.

In the second game, Saina made some mistakes, taking advantage of which Busanan went ahead 11-6. Even after this, he maintained his lead and brought the match on par with the Indian player’s shot.

Busan also dominated from the start in the third and deciding game. Saina also tried to make a comeback but by the break the Thai player had a good 11–7 lead. Even after this, Saina struggled and Busanan went ahead 18-11. Busanan finally got six match points, of which Saina was able to defend only two.

Srikanth out due to injury

In the men’s singles, former world number one Kidambi Srikanth had to give a walkover to eighth seed Malaysian Li Ji Jia due to a right hamstring strain.

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Earlier in the men’s doubles, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty of India were also eliminated after losing 19-21, 17-21 to Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan of Indonesia.

India were now eyeing Satwik and his mixed doubles partner Ashwini Ponnappa but they also lost 12-21 17-21 to Hong Kong’s Chang Tak Ching and Nag Wing Young, ending the Indian challenge in the tournament. .

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