Saina Nehwal knocked out of Thailand Open in the second round on Thursday 1. Saina lost to 17-year-old Japanese Shuttler Sayaka Takahashi by 21-16, 11-21, 14-21 match lasted till 48 minutes. Saina won the first set by 21-16 but the teenager came back strongly to take the second set 21-11. In the second set, at one stage Saina was trailing 16-2 and Takahashi took the match to the third game. Saina took an early lead in the third set but after the mid-break, Takahashi made a good comeback and managed to grab the set. Takahashi win ended India’s Contention in Thailand Open in the women’s single category.
After a setback by Saina Nehwal another Indian shuttler, B Sai Praneeth continues his good form and advances to semifinals of Thailand Open.
In Men’s Singles, Kidambi Srikanth lost to Khosit Phetpradab of Thailand by 21-11,16-21, 12-21 in the second round of the tournament. In the other match, Parupalli Kashyap also lost in the second round. Kashyap lost the match in straight games 9-21, 14-21 by Tien Chen Chou of Chinese Taipei match finished in just 33 minutes. H S Prannoy suffered a heavy defeat from Kenta Nishimoto of Japan by 17-21,10-21.B Sai Praneeth, who reached the semifinals of Japan Open last week, continued his good form and stormed into the last-eight round with a comfortable 21-18 21-19 win against Shubhankar Dey.B Sai Praneeth will face Kanta Tsuneyama of Japan in the next round.
However, good news came from India the men’s doubles event as the pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty moved into the quarterfinals after registering a straight-game 21-17 21-19 win over Indonesian combination of Fajar Alfian and Muhammad Rian Ardianto. The India duo will next play qualifiers Choi Solgyu and Seo Seung Jae of Korea on Friday. In mixed doubles, the Indian shuttlers played unforgettable on Thursday as the pair of Satwik and Ashwini Ponappa defeated Indonesia’s Alfian Eko Prasteya and Marseille Gischa Islami by 21-18,21-19 to make it to the last eight round. However, the pair of Pranaav Jerry Chopra and N Sikki Reddy lost 16-21 11-21 against Tang Chun Man and Tse Ying Suet of Hong Kong to bow out of the tournament.