Bangkok: Indian shuttle star Saina Nehwal crashed in the Thailand Open Super 1000 badminton tournament after losing to Thailand’s Busanan Ongbaramrangfan in the second round of the women’s singles on Thursday.
Thursday was also not a good day for other players in India, due to which the Indian challenge also ended in this tournament.
Defeat of Saina in the second round
Saina managed to win the first game but after that she couldn’t keep up the pace and lost 23-21, 14-21, 16-21 in a 68-minute game. This is Saina’s fourth consecutive defeat to Busan, 12th in the world.
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Long exchanges were observed between Saina and Busanan but the Thai player took good shots that benefited them. In Game 1, Saina was leading 6-5 at one point, but Busanan was leading 11-9 at the break.
Saina, however, came back after that and after tying the score at 17-17, gave her opponent a level match. Saina won the first game after Busanan’s loose return got tangled in the net.
In Game 2, Saina made a few mistakes, taking advantage of which Busanan took an 11-6 lead. Even after that he maintained his lead and tied the game with the Indian player’s shot.
Busan also dominated from the start in the decisive third game. Saina also tried to come back but at the break the Thai player had a good 11–7 lead. Even after that, Saina struggled and Busanan took an 18-11 lead. Busanan eventually got six match points, of which Saina could only defend two.
Srikanth absent due to injury
In men’s singles, former world number one Kidambi Srikanth had to abandon eighth favorite of Malaysia’s Li Ji Jia with a hamstring injury to his right calf.
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Earlier in the men’s doubles, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty of India also lost to Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan of Indonesia 19-21, 17-21.
India were now watching Satwik and his mixed doubles partner Ashwini Ponnappa, but they also lost 12-21 17-21 to Hong Kongers Chang Tak Ching and Nag Wing Young, ending the Indian challenge of the tournament. .