Thailand Open: Sindhu, Srikanth advance to second round

Bangkok: Top Indian shuttlers PV Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth advanced to the second round of the Thailand Open 2022 after registering after hard-fought wins in their singles matches but Saina Nehwal lost her clash and was knocked out of the tournament here.

Sindhu, a two-time Olympic medallist, defeated Lauren Lam of US 21-19, 19-21, 21-18 at the Impact Arena. The first game saw an even contest between Sindhu, the world No 7 in current badminton rankings, and Lauren, ranked 55 places below the Indian.

The American shuttler led the Indian 11-9 at the first break but Sindhu, with six consecutive points, snatched back the momentum. The Indian badminton ace was stunned in the second game as Lauren mounted a comeback to stretch the match to a decider. Sindhu kept her nose ahead in the third game and eventually won the contest in 59 minutes.

This was Sindhu’s third win over Lauren Lam in as many matches. The 26-year old will now take on the winner of the match between world No 13 Sayaka Takahashi of Japan and world No 46 Sim Yu Jin of South Korea next.

On the other hand, London 2012 Olympic medallist Saina, got off to a good start against South Korean world No. 19 Kim Ga Eun. However, she failed to keep up the pace and went down 21-11, 15-21, 17-21 to make an early exit.

Meanwhile, upcoming Indian shuttler Malvika Bansod came from behind against world No. 59 Marija Ulitina of Ukraine to win the contest 17-21, 21-15, 21-11. Bansod, ranked 57th, will have her task cut out against world No. 22 Line Christophersen of Denmark in the second round. Christophersen upset world No. 3 An Se Young.

In men’s singles, world No 11 Kidambi Srikanth won against European Games silver medallist Brice Leverdez after going down in the first game.The 29-year old Srikanth, who helped India win Thomas Cup last week, defeated the French shuttler 18-21, 21-10, 21-16.

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