Two-time Olympic medalist PV Sindhu won the Thailand Open on Wednesday. (Thailand Open 2022) But the top badminton players Kidambi Srikanth and HS Prannoy, who recently played a key role in India’s historic Thomas Cup win, made it to the women’s second round. (HS Prannoy) Got different results in the initial phase. Sindhu, seeded sixth and ranked seventh in the world rankings (PV Sindhu) She recorded a 21-19 19-21 21-18 victory over world number 62 Lauren Lam of the United States to take on Sim Yu Jin, who played a key role in Korea’s Uber Cup victory.
In this BWF Super 500 tournament, eighth seed Srikanth won the first round match 18-21 21-10 21-16 over Bryce Leverdez of France in 49 minutes. The world number 11 Indian will now face qualifier Anhat Nguen of Ireland, who defeated Denmark’s Hans Christian Solberg Wittings 21-12 23-21 in the first round. Prannoy, who won the deciding third singles during the quarterfinals and semi-finals of the Thomas Cup, went down 17-21 21-15 15-21 to Daren Liu of Malaysia.
Shikha Gautam and Ashwini Bhatt also in the next round
The other Indians, Ashwini Bhatt K and Shikha Gautam, advanced to the second round with a 21-12 21-17 victory over Thailand’s Kitipak Dubthuk and Prinda Patanavarithipan. Ishan Bhatnagar and Tanisha Crasto were given walkovers by Matthew Fogarty and Isabel Zhong of the United States to advance to the second round.
London Olympic bronze medalist Saina Nehwal failed to cross the first round hurdle. She lost to Korea’s Kim Ga Eun 21-11 15-21 17-21 in the first round of women’s singles in 50 minutes. Indian qualifier Ashmita Chaliha lost 10-21 15-21 to seventh seed Ratchanok Intanon in a first round match that lasted 29 minutes.
Sumit Reddy-Ashwin Ponnappa pair out
Compatriot and another qualifier Akarshi Kashyap also lost 13-21 18-21 to Michelle Li of Canada in the first round. Malvika Bansod advanced to the second round with a 17-21 21-15 21-11 win over Ukraine’s Maria Ultina, where she will face Denmark’s Lynne Kristofferson. The mixed doubles pair of B Sumeeth Reddy and Ashwini Ponnappa also crashed out in the first round. She went down to Japan’s eighth seeded pair of Yuki Kaneko and Misaki Matsutomo 17-21 17-21 in 34 minutes.
B Sai Praneeth and Saurabh Verma also lost in the opening round of men’s singles. Praneeth lost 12-21 13-21 to Kantaphon Wangcharoin of Thailand and Saurabh 20-22 12-21 to Toma Junior Popov of France.