Saina Nehwal defeated downed her Malaysian opponent Kisona Selvaduray in straight sets to advance to the second round of the Thailand Open.

The World No. 20 Indian will now face World No. 12 Busanan Ongbamrungphan of Thailand in the pre-quarterfinals on Thursday.

This comes just a day after she was first reported to have tested positive for Covid-19 in Bangkok, only for clarification later by the BWF that said that it was a false positive.

“BWF and Badminton Association of Thailand can confirm three of the four players who tested positive for COVID-19 earlier today at the Asian Leg of the HSBC BWF World Tour have been cleared to take their place in the draw.

“They are confirmed as Saina Nehwal (India), HS Prannoy (India), and Jones Ralfy Jansen (Germany). The fourth player, Adham Hatem Elgamal from Egypt, has been withdrawn,” the BWF said in a statement.

Former World No.1 Kidambi Srikanth won his first-round match in the Thailand Open after imposing straight games thrashing on Indian opponent Sourabh Verma

India men’s doubles pair of Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy lost a tightly contested first set and won over the South Korean pair Kim Gi Jung and Lee Yong Dae 19-21, 21-16, 21-14 in 1 hour and 6 minutes.

In the mixed doubles category, N. Sikki Reddy and Sumeeth Reddy B. lost to Chung Man Tang and Yong Suet Tse 20-22, 17-21 in straight sets.

Parupalli Kashyap bowed out of the tournament after retiring hurt in the third set, in his opening round match against Canadian Jason Anthony.

Meanwhile, World No. 28 HS Prannoy has been knocked out after he lost the first round to Malaysia’s Zii Jia Lee, ranked 10 by BWF, on Wednesday right after Saina’s win.


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