Two-time Olympic medallist P V Sindhu huffed and puffed her strategy to the ladies’s singles second spherical whereas Kidambi Srikanth and HS Prannoy, the protagonists of India’s historic Thomas Cup triumph, suffered contrasting fates within the opening spherical of Thailand Open right here on Wednesday.
Sindhu, seeded sixth and ranked seventh on the earth, staved off a spirited problem from world quantity 62, USA’s Lauren Lam 21-19 19-21 21-18 to arrange a conflict with Sim Yu Jin, who had performed a pivotal position in Korea’s Uber Cup win.
Contemporary from enjoying a serious position within the Thomas Cup victory, Srikanth, seeded eighth, produced a gritty present to get the higher of Brice Leverdez of France 18-21 21-10 21-16 in 49 minutes.
The World quantity 11 Indian will subsequent face Eire’s Nhat Nguyen, who defeated Hans-Kristian Solberg Vittinghus of Denmark 21-12 23-21 within the first spherical.
Prannoy, who received the decisive third singles through the quarterfinals and semifinals of Thomas Cup, went down combating 17-21 21-15 15-21 to Daren Liew of Malaysia.
Amongst different Indians within the fray, Ashwini Bhat Okay and Shikha Gautam beat Thailand’s Kittipak Dubthuk and Prinda Pattanawaritthipan 21-12 21-17 to enter the second spherical.
Ishaan Bhatnagar and Tanisha Crasto received a walkover from USA’s Mathew Fogarty and Isabel Zhong to additionally advance to the second spherical.
London Olympic bronze medallist Saina Nehwal battled laborious for 50 minutes earlier than dropping 21-11 15-21 17-21 to Korean Kim Ga Eun within the girls’s singles first spherical.
Indian qualifier Ashmita Chaliha misplaced to seventh seeded Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand 10-21 15-21 in a primary spherical match that lasted 29 minutes.
Compatriot and one other qualifier, Aakarshi Kashyap misplaced to Michelle Li of Canada 13-21 18-21 to bow out of the match within the first spherical.
Malvika Bansod battled her manner into the second spherical with a combating 17-21 21-15 21-11 win over Ukraine’s Maria Ultina.
She is going to subsequent face Line Christopherson of Denmark.
The blended doubles pair of B Sumeeth Reddy and Ashwini Ponnappa additionally suffered a primary spherical exit, dropping to the eighth-seeded Japanese duo of Yuki Kaneko and Misaki Matsutomo 17-21 17-21 in 34 minutes.
It was additionally curtains for B Sai Preneeth and Sourabh Verma within the males’s singles opening spherical.
Whereas Praneeth misplaced 12-21 13-21 to Kantaphon Wangcharoen of Thailand, Sourabh was proven the door by Toma Junior Popov of France 20-22 12-21.