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Kidambi Srikanth, Parupalli Kashyap Follow Saina Nehwal Out of Thailand Open

Kidambi Srikanth lost to Khosit Phetpradab, ranked 22 places below him in BWF rankings, 21-11, 16-21, 12-21 in the second round of Thailand Open.

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Updated:August 1, 2019, 8:20 PM IST
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Kidambi Srikanth, Parupalli Kashyap Follow Saina Nehwal Out of Thailand Open
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Kidambi Srikanth exited the Thailand Open from the second round on Thursday after a three-game loss to local hope Khosit Phetpradab soon after Saina Nehwal crashed out of the tournament.

World number 10 Srikanth lost to Phetpradab, ranked 32 in the world, 21-11, 16-21, 12-21 in an hour and three minutes to crash out. In the third tournament in the last three weeks, this is Srikanth's second Round of 16 loss. At Japan Open, he lost to compatriot HS Prannoy in the first round itself.

Apart from Srikanth, Parupalli Kashyap was outclassed by Indonesia Open winner Chou Tien Chen of Taiwan 9-21, 14-21 in just 33 minutes as he also exited the tournament.

Srikanth and Kashyap's exits came after Saina Nehwal was upset by Japan's Sayaka Takahashi 21-16, 11-21, 14-21 in 48 minutes.

Saina who is returning from an injury layoff did not look in her best shape and struggled to cover the court properly.

While India faced upsets in the singles department, India top men's doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty gave people reasons to cheer as they pulled off a massive upset against world No.7 pair of Indonesia's Fajar Alfian-Muhammad Rian Ardianto to advance to the quarter-finals.

They beat Alfian-Ardianto 21-17, 21-19 in 39 minutes to set up a meet with South Korean pair of Choi Solgyu and Seo Sueng Jae.

SATWIK MAKES ANOTHER QUARTER-FINAL

Satwik made it to his second quarter-final on the day as he partnered Ashwini Ponnappa in the mixed doubles to beat Indonesian pair of Alfian Eko Prasetya and Marsheilla Gischa Islami.

Ashwini-Satwik, who upset Olympic silver medallists on Wednesday, beat Prasetya-Islami 21-18, 21-19 to set up a quarters meet with third seeds Yuta Watanabe and Arisa Higashino.

On the other hand, Pranaav Jerry Chopra-N Sikki Reddy were outclassed 16-21, 11-21 against eighth seed Tang Chun Man and Tse Ying Suet of Hong Kong.

Only one Indian will represent India in the singles department on Friday in the quarter-finals as B Sai Praneeth emerged victorious in the all-Indian Round of 16 men's singles match. Praneeth beat Shubhankar Dey 21-18, 21-19 in 42 minutes.

HS Prannoy was later thrashed Japan's Kento Nishimoto 17-21, 9-21 in another men's singles contest.

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