Cup winners Thomas Satwiksairaj and Chirag withdraw from Thailand Open


Star duo Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty, who played a pivotal role in India’s historic Thomas Cup triumph, withdrew from the Thailand Open Super 500 tournament starting in Bangkok on Tuesday. It is learned that Chirag suffered some issues during the tournament and the pair informed the Badminton Association of India on Monday of their decision to skip the event this week.

The world No.8 pair had lost just one Thomas Cup game – to Chinese Taipei and brought India back into the competition after initial setbacks to Malaysia and Denmark in the quarter-finals and semis -final here.

Among other Indians in the scrimmage, eighth-seeded World Championships silver medalist Kidambi Srikanth, who had gone unbeaten with six Thomas Cup wins, will face Brice Leverdez, while HS Prannoy, who had victories in the decisive third single of the round of 16. , meets the Malaysian Daren Liew.

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Tokyo B Olympian Sai Praneeth will take on Japan’s Koki Watanabe, while Sourabh Verma will take on Toma Junior Popov of France.

In women’s singles, two-time Olympic medalist PV Sindhu will qualify, while Saina Nehwal will face Korea’s Kim Ga Eun.

In men’s doubles, MR Arjun and Dhruv Kapila, and Krishna Prasad Garaga and Vishnuvardhan Goud Panjala, and Shyam Prasad and S Sunijith, Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Attri, Ishaan Bhatnagar and Sai Pratheek K, are in the running. Palak Arora and Unnati Hooda, Haritha Manazhiyil Harinarayanan and Ashna Roy, and Ashwini Bhat K and Shikha Gautam will be looking to top their weight in women’s doubles.

B Sumeeth Reddy and Ashwini Ponnappa, and Raju Mohamed Rehan and Jamaludeen Anees Kowsar, Ishaan Bhatnagar and Tanisha Crasto, and Venkat Gaurav Prasad and Juhi Dewangan will lead the Indian charge in mixed doubles.


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