After a dismal showing in the first Thailand Open, Indian badminton players will have much to prove in the second one. Watch Thailand Open live.
Following the Yonex Thailand Open, which saw the entire Indian badminton contingent's challenge end as in the second round, PV Sindhu, Saina Nehwal and Co. will seek redemption at the Toyota Thailand Open from January 19.
It’s the second Thailand Open added to the Badminton World Federation (BWF) calendar, keeping in mind the majority of the 2020 events were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Watch live streaming of Thailand Open badminton in India.
Considering their poor run in the recently-concluded first edition of Thailand Open, Indian badminton players will be desperate for a good run this time and qualify for the season-concluding BWF World Tour Finals in Bangkok later this month.
Reigning women's world champion and Rio 2016 silver-medallist PV Sindhu, faltered in the first round at the last tournament, going down against Denmark's Mia Blichfeldt. Sindhu faces local favourite Busanan Ongbamrungphan in the opening round.
Busanan, interestingly, was responsible for knocking out Saina Nehwal from the second round of the Thailand Open last week. Saina had beaten Malaysia's Kisona Selvaduray in the first round.
While the former world No. 1 Srikanth had to withdraw from his second-round fixture last week due to a calf injury, Kashyap could only make it to the third game of his first-round match before retiring hurt owing to a muscle pull.
This time, in their opening rounds, Kidambi Srikanth faces local player Sitthikom Thammasin while Parupalli Kashyap will face Denmark's Rasmus Gemke.
In men’s doubles, the top-ranked pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty begin their campaign against fellow Indians Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy.
The Toyota Thailand Open gets underway on Tuesday, January 19, and will run till Sunday, January 24.
Women’s singles first round fixtures
Saina Nehwal vs Ratchanok Intanon
PV Sindhu vs Busanan Ongbamrungphan
Men’s singles first round fixtures
Kidambi Srikanth vs Sitthikom Thammasin
Parupalli Kashyap vs Rasmus Gemke
Sourabh Verma vs Anthony Ginting
B Sai Praneeth vs Liew Daren
HS Prannoy vs Jonatan Christie
Sameer Verma vs Lee Zii Jia
Lakshya Sen vs Chou Tien Chen
Women’s doubles first round fixtures
Ashwini Ponnappa/ N Sikki Reddy vs Linda Efler/Isabel Herttrich
Men’s doubles first round fixtures
Satwiksairaj Rankireddy/Chirag Shetty vs Manu Attri/B Sumeeth Reddy
MR Arjun/Dhruv Kapila vs Oliver Leydon-Davis/Abhinav Manota
Mixed doubles first round fixtures
Satwiksairaj Rankireddy/Ashwini Ponnappa vs Niclas Nohr/Amalie Magelund
B Sumeeth Reddy/N Sikki Reddy vs Hoo Pang Ron/Cheah Yee See
The Toyota Thailand Open badminton matches will be telecast live on the Star Sports 3 and Star Sports 2 HD TV channels in India. Broadcast starts from January 19, 7:30 AM Indian Standard Time (IST).
Live streaming of the Thailand Open badminton’s second edition will be available on Disney+ Hotstar OTT platform.
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