Saina Nehwal bows out of Thailand Open

Last Modified Thursday, 14 January 2021 (16:52 IST)
Bangkok: Ace Indian shuttler crashed out of the after losing to local girl Busanan Ongbamrungphan in the women’s singles Round of 16, here on Thursday.

Saina went down fighting 23-21, 14-21, 16-21 in a three-set thriller to Ongbamrungphan.
 
Nehwal had defeated Malaysia’s Kisona Selvaduray on Wednesday in straight sets to advance to the second round of the event.
 
Meanwhile, former world No 1 Kidambi Srikanth pulled out of his second round match on Thursday due to a calf muscle pull.
 
Srikanth, who had beaten fellow Indian shuttler Sourabh Verma on Tuesday, was due to face Malaysian eighth-seed Lee Zii Jia in the pre-quarterfinals but it was not to be.
 
“Right Calf muscle pull. So gave walkover for today’s match. Should see how he improves in the next 5 days and then will decide about his participation in the next tournament,” Badminton Association of India (BAI) said in a tweet.
 
In an another game, Indian men’s doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty lost to Indonesian duo of Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan by 21-19, 21-17 in the second round to crash out of the tournament. (UNI)
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