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Thailand Open: Kidambi Srikanth Out After Giving Walkover In Second Round | Badminton News

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Kidambi Srikanth has withdrawn from the Thailand Open.© AFP

Kidambi Srikanth, one of the main architects of India’s historic Thomas Cup triumph, exited from the Thailand Open after handing a walkover to his opponent in the men’s singles second round match on Thursday. Srikanth, seeded eighth, gave a walkover to his Irish rival Nhat Nguyen. The reason for his withdrawal is not yet known. The world no. 11 Indian had earlier produced a gritty show to get the better of Brice Leverdez of France 18-21 21-10 21-16 in his opening round match.

In the women’s singles, it was curtains for Malvika Bansod, who lost 21-16 14-21 14-21 to Line Christopherson of Denmark in the second round.

The Indian mixed doubles pair of Ishaan Bhatnagar and Tanisha Crasto also bowed out in the second round, losing 19-21 20-22 against sixth seeded Malaysia combination of Goh Soon Huat and Lai Shevon Jemie.

Later, Ashwini Bhat K and Shikha Gautam too crashed out in the women’s doubles second round, losing 19-21 6-21 against fifth seeds Mayu Matsumoto and Wakana Nagahara.

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Two-time Olympic medallist PV Sindhu, seeded sixth and ranked seventh in the world, will face Sim Yu Jin, who had played a pivotal role in Korea’s Uber Cup win.

Sindhu had staved off a spirited challenge from world number 62, USA’s Lauren Lam, in the opening round.

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