Kidambi Srikanth out of Thailand Open after forfeiting second round | badminton news


BANGKOK (Reuters) – Kidambi Srikanth, a key architect of India’s historic Thomas Cup triumph, has pulled out of the Thailand Open after dropping his opponent in the men’s singles second round match on Thursday.
Eighth-seeded Srikanth gave Irish rival Nhat Nguyen a surprise. The reason for his withdrawal is not yet known.
The world no. 11 Indian had previously produced a gritty spectacle to edge out Brice Leverdez of France 18-21, 21-10, 21-16 in their opening game.
In the women’s singles, it was the curtain for Malvika Bansod, who lost 21-16, 14-21, 14-21 to Line Christopherson of Denmark in the second round.
Indian mixed doubles pair Ishaan Bhatnagar and Tanisha Crasto also retired in the second round, losing 19-21, 20-22 to Malaysian sixth seed Goh Soon Huat and Lai Shevon Jemie.
Later, Ashwini Bhat K and Shikha Gautam also fell in the second round of women’s doubles, losing 19-21, 6-21 to fifth seeds Mayu Matsumoto and Wakana Nagahara.
Two-time Olympic medalist PV Sindhu, seeded sixth and seventh in the world, will face Sim Yu Jin, who played a pivotal role in the Uber Cup victory in Korea.
Sindhu had avoided a fiery challenge from world number 62, American Lauren Lam, in the first round.

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