Thailand Open 2022 | Lakshya Sen and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy-Chirag Shetty opt out of tournament
A file image of Lakshya Sen.|
Top Indian badminton players like PV Sindhu and Kimdabi Srikanth have decided to compete at the Thailand Open 2022, while the likes of Lakshya Sen and the team of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty have opted out. It was on Sunday that the men's shuttlers won Thomas Cup for the first time.
The BWF Super 500 tournament will mark the return of Saina Nehwal. On the other hand, HS Prannoy will look to continue his good form from the Thomas Cup. Also in action will be two-time Olympic medalist PV Sindhu, who last won a tournament in March, the Swiss Open. She is likely to run into Tai Tzu-ying as the tournament progresses, who is of course her nemesis.
Meanwhile, Saina Nehwal is expected to face tough competition in the first round itself, as she will be up against world No. 19 Kim Ga Eun of South Korea and could also face Sindhu if they both manage to make quarters. Malvika Bansod and Ashmita Chaliha will be seen in action but will start their campaign in the qualifiers.
In the men's singles, B Sai Pranneth will be there with Srikanth and Prannoy. Since last year, Praneeth has been in woeful form and is clearly low on confidence.
In the men’s doubles, Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy, have also opted out of the tournament. The duo who played a crucial role in India's win at the Thomas Cup had won the Thailand Open back in 2019.
In the women’s doubles, Gayatri Gopichand and Treesa Jolly will reunite after the former missed the Uber Cup with an injury.