Thailand Masters: Indian Campaign Over on Day 1 as Saina, Srikanth, Sameer and Prannoy Lose in Round 1
Thailand Masters 2020: Saina Nehwal, Kidambi Srikanth, Sameer Verma and HS Prannoy were all knocked out in the first round.
Kidambi Srikanth and Saina Nehwal (Photo Credit: PTI and Olympics)
Bangkok: India's campaign at Thailand Masters Super 300 2020 came to an end on Wednesday after Saina Nehwal, Kidambi Srikanth,S Verma and HS Prannoy out were all dumped out in the first round in Bangkok. Saina was the last Indian in action and lost in three games while all the men's singles shuttlers failed to hold any sort of ground.
Saina lost 13-21, 21-17, 15-21 in 47 minutes to Denmark's Line Hojmark Kjaersfeldt to crash out of the tournament.
Saina has had a terrible start to the 2020 season with only one quarter-final appearance at Malaysia Masters to show for.
Earlier in the day, Kidambi Srikanth lost to Shesar Hiren Rhustavito of Indonesia, Sameer bowed out against Malaysia's Lee Zii Jia and HS Prannoy was defeated at the hands of Daren Liew of Malaysia.
In the first round on Wednesday, Srikanth lost 21-12, 14-21, 11-21 to Rhustavito in 48 minutes to register another disappointment. This is Srikanth's third straight first round loss of the year and the second consecutive defeat at the hands of Rhustavito.
Srikanth, who is currently at the 23rd spot in BWF's Race to Tokyo rankings with April 26 being the cut off date for Olympic qualification, has got his 2020 Tokyo Olympics hopes further dented.
On the other hand, Sameer was also outplayed 16-21, 15-21 by Jia in just 38 minutes.
Prannoy fought hard against Liew but lost 17-21, 22-20, 19-21 in an hour and eight minutes.
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