Saina Nehwal defeated Malaysia’s Kisona Selvaduray 21-15, 21-15.© TBEN
Indian shuttle Saina Nehwal qualified for the second round of the ongoing Thailand Open on Wednesday after a comfortable victory over Malaysia’s Kisona Selvaduray. Nehwal dominated Selvaduray throughout, winning the game 21-15, 21-15 to reserve his place in the next round. However, HS Prannoy made an exit in the first round after suffering a loss at the hands of Malaysian Lee Zii Jia. Lee Zii Jia recorded a 21-13, 14-21, 8-21 victory. Zii Jia showed constant improvement after every game and eventually progressed to the second round.
Earlier today, the Indian men’s doubles duo of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty advanced to the second round of the tournament. India’s world number ten pair outclassed South Korean pair Kim Gi Jung and Lee Yong Dae 19-21, 21-16, 21-14 in the first round of the tournament.
Kidambi Srikanth also sailed in the second round after an impressive victory over compatriot Sourabh Verma. Sourabh failed to clear the opening hurdle, losing to Kidambi 21-12, 21-11 in back-to-back games.
Kidambi, who shared photos of his bleeding nose following the “unacceptable” treatment given to him during coronavirus tests on Tuesday, sealed an easy victory in a match that lasted only 31 minutes.
Meanwhile, the World Badminton Federation (BWF) said on Wednesday that a doctor from the COVID-19 testing team visited Kidambi “shortly” after the team member reported that ‘he had a nosebleed following a coronavirus test.
“On Tuesday, the player said he suffered a nosebleed from a mandatory PCR test. A doctor from the COVID-19 testing team located at the hotel visited Kidambi shortly. after, “the BWF said in a statement.
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