Thailand Open: Saina, Srikanth sail to the next round

Last Modified Thursday, 14 January 2021 (11:52 IST)
Indian shuttlers and sailed into the second round of the on Wednesday.Saina defeated Malaysia's Kisona Selvaduray in straight sets 21-15, 21-15 to finish the game in just 36 minutes going into round two of the tournament.
Nehwal from the very start dominated over her opponent winning the first game by 21-15. In the second too she continued her momentum avoiding any mistakes denying advantage to her rival and took the deciding game in her favour.
Earlier in the day, former World No1 Kidambi Srikanth won his first round match in the Thailand Open after defeating his fellow countryman Sourabh Verma.
With 9 consecutive points in the 1st game, Srikanth won 21-12 and followed it up with 21-11 in the 2nd game, wherein he scored 10 consecutive points. Srikanth completed his thrashing of Verma in 31 minutes game time.
Indian men's doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty sailed into the second round edging out South Korean pair of Kim Gi Jung and Lee Yong Dae 19-21, 21-16, 21-14 in the first round of the tournament.
In another men's doubles clash, Indian pair of Dhruv Kapila and MR Arjun went down after losing to the Malaysian pair of Ong Yew Sin and Teo Ee Yi 13-21, 21-8, 24-22 in the first round clash.
In the mixed doubles category, N Sikki Reddy and Sumeeth Reddy B. lost to Chung Man Tang and Yong Suet Tse 20-22, 17-21 in straight sets. India ace champion Parupalli Kashyap bowed out of the tournament after retiring hurt in the third set, in his opening round match against Canadian Jason Anthony.
Meanwhile, World No 28 HS Prannoy was knocked out after he lost the first round 21-13, 14-21, 8-21 to Malaysia's Zii Jia Lee, ranked 10 by BWF, on Wednesday right after Saina's win.
On Tuesday, India's PV Sindhu had crashed out of the tournament after going down to Denmark's Mia Blichfeldt in the first round.(UNI)