However, Saina’s husband Parupalli Kashyap, Sameer Verma and the husband and spouse pair of Sumeeth Reddy and Sikki Reddy together with different doubles groups exited the match.
Despite a disappointing Tuesday, Saina regarded in splendid contact as she trounced Kisona Selvaduray of Malaysia in straight video games 21-15, 21-15.
A relieved Saina informed the BWF web site, “Yesterday I was given a positive Covid-19 result after my PCR test, but I already told them I had Covid-19 last November, so I have antibodies. I tried to explain this to the doctor after my blood tests and chest x-rays, the doctor said I was ok and do not have Covid-19. I’m thankful to the doctors, the BWF and everyone who made the decision for me to play. It was a tiring day, but I’m happy I could come back and play my match.”
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The World No. 20 Indian will now face World No.12 Busanan Ongbamrungphan of Thailand within the pre-quarterfinals on Thursday.
In males’s singles, Srikanth eased previous his coaching companion Sourabh Verma 21-12, 21-11 within the first spherical. Srikanth will subsequent play eight seed Zii Jia Lee of Malaysia, who defeated one other Indian HS Prannoy 13-21 21-14 21-8.
Meanwhile, Sourabh’s brother Sameer Verma suffered a straight sport loss in opposition to Shesar Hiren Rhustavito of Indonesia 21-15, 21-7 whereas Kashyap retired damage after trailing within the third sport in opposition to Jason Anthony Ho-Shue of Canada 21-19, 13-21, 14-8.
Exciting doubles pair of Satwik and Chirag downed their idols Kim Gi Jung and lee Yong Dae of Korea 19-21, 21-16, 21-14. “When we started playing badminton we used to idolise them…we’re happy to be back after 11 months,” mentioned Chirag.
His companion Satwik too was fairly joyful to notch up a victory in opposition to the formidable Korean mix. “Lee Yong Dae was an idol for both of us…we’re happy to get the win. We are doing well in practice, that hunger is there. We didn’t play well last year, so that spirit, that fire is there inside, and we’re heading into the Olympics, so we want to see what the other players have worked on during the last few months,” Satwik informed the BWF web site.
Results (Rd I; Men’s singles): Kidambi Srikanth bt Sourabh Verma 21-12, 21-11; Shesar Hiren Rhustavito (Ina) bt Sameer Verma 21-15, 21-17; Jason Anthony Ho-Shue (Can) bt Parupalli Kashyap 21-19, 13-21, 14-8 retd.
Women’s singles: Saina Nehwal bt Kisona Selvaduray (Mas) 21-15, 21-15.
Men’s doubles: Satwiksairaj Rankireddy/Chirag Shetty bt Kim Gi Jung/Lee Yong Dae 19-21, 21-16, 21-14; Weeraphat Phakjarung/Wongsathorn Thongkham (Tha) bt Manu Attri/Sumeeth Reddy 21-19, 21-14; Ong Yew Sin/Teo Ee Yi (Mas) bt Dhruv Kapila/MR Arjun 13-21, 21-8, 24-22.
Mixed doubles: Chun Man Tang/Tse Ying Suet (Hkg) bt Sumeeth Reddy/Sikki Reddy 22-20, 21-17