India’s star badminton player Saina Nehwal and former world number one Kidambi Srikanth entered the second round of the men’s singles of Thailand Open Super 1000 on Wednesday. They will now face Thailand’s Busanan Ongboumrungfan, who defeated them by 15. Saina was forced to withdraw from the tournament due to the Kovid-19 positive on Tuesday, but later thanked the Badminton World Federation officials and doctors for participating in the negative test.
Yesterday, Saina said I was found to be Kovid-19 positive after PCR testing but I already stated that I had Kovid-19 in November last year, so I have antibodies inside me. I tried to convince the doctor and after my blood test and x-ray, the doctor said I was fine and I was not Covid-19. The doctor, BWF and all those who decided to play me said that I am very grateful. It was a tired day but I was happy that I was able to play the match.
Thailand Open: India’s P Kashyap retires in first round
Before that, Srikanth took just 31 minutes to defeat Patriot Saurabh Verma 21-12, 21-11. Former Commonwealth Games champion Kashyap was forced to retire in the middle of the match. He trailed 8-14 in the third game when his muscle was stretched. They lost their first match 9–21 against Canadian Jason Anthony Ho Shu but returned 21–13 for the second game. Srikanth, who defeated another Indian HS Prannoy 13-21 21-14 21-18, will now face Malaysia’s eighth seed Jia Jia Lee.
Corona Report of Negative Eye Saina-Pranay to participate in the tournament
Sameer Verma also fell after he lost to Indonesia’s Cesar Hiren Rustavito 15-21 17-21. Satviksiraj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty return after losing 19-21 21-16 21-14 to Korea’s Kim Ji Jung and Lee Yong Dae in the men’s doubles. Malaysia’s Ong Yu Sin and Tio Yi defeated Arjun M Ramachandran and Dhruv Kapila 13-21, 21-8, 24-22. Men’s doubles pair Manu Atri and B Sumit Reddy also lost in the opening round to Thai pair of Weirfat Fakhzarong and Wongsatharn Tongkham 19-21 14-21. In mixed doubles, An Sikki Reddy and Sumit Reddy B also lost in the first round to Chung Man Tang and Yong Suit 20-22 17-21.