Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty have pulled out of the Thailand Open Super 500 event, starting Tuesday, May 17 in Bangkok, the place they helped India script Thomas Cup historical past. The highest-ranked Indian doubles pair will skip the event attributable to damage issues.
Chirag Shetty suffered a number of niggles in the course of the Thomas Cup and the pair knowledgeable the Badminton Association of India about their determination to skip the Thailand Open on Monday, in accordance with information company PTI.
Satwik and Chirag, ranked No. 8, had been in terrific type within the Thomas Cup as they gained 5 out of the 6 matches en route India’s superb run to the highest step of the rostrum in Bangkok. Satwik and Chirag had been essential in India’s quarter-final and semi-final wins over Malaysia and Denmark as they helped degree the tie after defeats within the first singles matches.
On Sunday, towards Indonesia, Satwik and Chirag saved 4 match factors to beat World No. 1/2 pairing of Kevin Sanjaya and Mohammad Ahsan as India blanked Indonesia 3-0.
SRIKANTH, PRANNOY IN FOCUS
However, the main target in Bangkok this week shall be on Kidambi Srikanth and HS Prannoy – the singles heroes of India’s Thomas Cup triumph.
Srikanth will face Brice Leverdez, whereas HS Prannoy, who had pulled off wins within the deciding third singles within the knockout phases, meets Malaysia’s Daren Liew.
Tokyo Olympian B Sai Praneeth will lock horns with Japan’s Koki Watanabe, whereas Sourabh Verma faces France’s Toma Junior Popov.
In girls’s singles, double Olympic medallist P V Sindhu shall be enjoying a qualifier, whereas Saina Nehwal shall be pitted towards Korea Kim Ga Eun.
In males’s doubles, MR Arjun and Dhruv Kapila, and Krishna Prasad Garaga and Vishnuvardhan Goud Panjala, and Shyam Prasad and S Sunijith, Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Attri, Ishaan Bhatnagar and Sai Pratheek Okay, are the in fray.