Indian shuttlers had mixed results to take away from the ongoing tournament.
India’s challenge in Toyota Thailand Open has seen a few ups and downs after Thursday’s matches. PV Sindhu cruised into the quarter-finals of the tournament after beating her opponent Kisona Selvaduray 21-10, 21-12 in women’s singles category. She will face World No.4 Ratchanok Intanon in the next match.
In Men’s SIngles action, Sameer Verma defeated World No. 17 Rasmus Gemke to head into the quarter-finals. However, HS Prannoy crashed out after conceding defeat to Malaysia’s Liew Daren, despite being the favourite on paper. Sameer Verma will now have the chance to avenge his compatriot in the quarters where he will face Liew Daren for a place in the semi-finals of Thailand Open.
World No. 7 PV Sindhu hardly broke a sweat in her victory over the Malaysian, as she went on to win the match in straight games. She was a dominant force throughout the game and finished the tie in merely 35 minutes.
World No. 31 Sameer Verma was in a league of his own and made short work of his Danish opponent. The shuttler secured the tie by a score of 21-12, 21-9 which lasted around 39 minutes only. The Indian shuttlers led on both intervals in either of the games and never looked back in the process of winning the match.
On the other hand, HS Prannoy had a day to forget. Liew Daren defeated Prannoy 21-17, 21-18 in a match that lasted only 40 minutes. The Indian shuttler was behind on intervals in both first and second game by a score of 11-6 and 11-10 respectively and could not muster a comeback.
Men’s Doubles action saw Indian pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty defeat Choi Solgyu and Seo Seung Jae of South Korea 21-18, 23-21 in straight games.
In the other fixture, English pair of Ben Lane and Sean Vendy outclassed Indian pair of MR Arjun and Dhruv Kapila. They won the match 21-9, 21-11 and thus eliminated the Indian duo from the Thailand Open.
In Mixed Doubles action, Indian pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Ashwini Ponappa defeated Mark Lamsfuss and Isabel Herttrich of Germany. They won the tie 22-20,14-21, 21-16 to head into the quarter-finals of the tournament.