PV Sindhu reached into the second round of the Thailand Open after smashing World No. 12 Busanan Ongbamrungphan.
PV Sindhu reached into the second round of the Thailand Open to erase the memory of her surprise first-round exit a week earlier.
The Rio Olympics silver medallist, was absolute class as she beat Thailand’s world number 12 Busanan Ongbamrungphan 21-17, 21-13 in 42 minutes in Bangkok.
Day 1 of the TOYOTA Thailand Open is underway 😃
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“It was a good game and I’m very, very happy. This win was very important for me in this tournament because, at last week’s tournament, I went out in the first round,” said sixth seed Sindhu. “So this win today was important because even though in the first game it was tight, I didn’t want to make it easy.”
Sindhu came to Denmark’s Mia Blichfeldt in a shock a week ago in the first of back-to-back Thailand Opens.
Top seed Tai Tzu-Ying from Taiwan back from her final loss to Spain’s Carolina Marin in the first tournament on Sunday, to beat Thailand’s Supanida Katethong 21-16, 21-11.
“I think I played OK today. I am feeling a little better than last week,” said Tai.
In the men’s singles, former world number one Kidambi Srikanth polished off Thailand’s Sitthikom Thammasin 21-11, 21-11.
The Indian, now ranked 14th, was forced to pull out of last week’s tournament with a yearling muscle strain.
Thailand is hosting 3 consecutive badminton tournaments in Bangkok culminating in the World Tour Finals from January 27.
The players have been facing off in a bio-secure bubble minus spectators, although the first tournament was overshadowed by three positive coronavirus cases.