Thailand Open Badminton: Kiran upsets Shi Yuki, Saina and Ashmita also win

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Bangkok. India’s Kiran George defeated world number nine Shi Yuki of China in straight games to reach the men’s singles pre-quarterfinals of the Thailand Open Super 500 badminton tournament here on Wednesday.

Ashmita Chahla and Saina Nehwal also made it to the next round in the women’s singles. Kidambi Srikanth and B Sai Praneeth made an early exit in the men’s singles, but Odisha Open winner Kiran, the 2018 World Championship silver medalist and third seed. Defeated Shi Yuki 21-1-18. 22-20. Kiran will face China’s Weng Hong Yeung in the next round.

In other matches of the day, qualifier Ashmita beat compatriot Malvika Bansod 21-17, 21-14 while London Olympics bronze medalist Saina defeated Canada’s Wen Yu Zheng 21-13, 21-7. Olympic gold medalist will face fourth-seeded Carolina. Marin. Saina is likely to face China’s Bing Jiao.

World Championship 2021 silver medalist Srikanth, however, lost to China’s Weng Hong Yang 8-21, 21-16, 14-21. Tokyo Olympian Praneeth also lost to France’s Christo Popov 14-21, 16. Defeated by -21. Failed to get past Orleans Masters winner Priyanshu. The first-round hurdle fell to Malaysia’s Ng Ji Yong 19-21, 10-21. Former number one Sameer Verma also lost to Denmark’s Magnus Johansen 15-21, 15-21.

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