India’s challenge came to an end in Thailand Open after Saina Nehwal, Chirag Shetty-Satwiksairaj Rankireddy eliminated, Kidambi Srikanth pulls out injured

Saina Nehwal has been knocked out of the ongoing Thailand Open after losing 23-21, 14-21 and 16-21 to Thailand’s Busanan Ongbamrungphan in an exhausting 2nd round match that lasted over an hour on Thursday.

In a battle of erosion, Saina managed to grab the opening game but ran out of steam in the end, losing 23-21, 14-21, 16-21 in a match that clocked 68 minutes. It was Saina’s fourth straight loss to the world number 12 Busanan.

Saina, who had tested positive ahead of the start of the World Tour Super 1000 tournament along with HS Prannoy, had defeated Malaysia’s Kisona Selvaduray in straight games on Wednesday after getting clearance to take part in the event post negative COVID-19 test. Prannoy, on the other hand, lost to Lee Zii Jia of Malaysia in his first-round tie.

Beginning in the day, India’s double duo of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty also bowed out of the tournament after losing to the second-seeded Indonesian pair of Hendra Setiawan and Mohammad Ahsan.

With Saina’s exit, India’s challenge at the Thailand Open 2021 came to an end. PV Sindhu had already crashed out of the tournament on the opening day of the event.

In the men’s singles, former world number one Kidambi Srikanth was forced to give a walkover to his eighth-seeded Malaysian opponent Lee Zii Jia after pulling up his right calf muscle while Parupalli Kashyap had pulled out of his match mid-way on Wednesday

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