Ishaan-Sai enter 2nd round in Thailand

NewsDrum Desk
31 Jan 2023

Bangkok, Jan 31 (PTI) The young men's doubles pair of Ishaan Bhatnagar and Sai Pratheek progressed to the second round with a straight game win on a disappointing day for Indian shuttlers at the Thailand Open Super 300 here.

Ishaan and Sai ousted USA's Vinson Chiu and Joshua Yuan 21-18 21-12 in the opening round.

The duo will take on the winners of the match between Chinese Taipei's Fang-Chih Lee and Fang-Jen Lee and Thailand's Tanadon Punpanich and Wachirawit Sothon in the next round.

P S Ravikrishna and Sankar Prasad Udayakumar put up a gallant fight before going down 21-16 18-21 10-21 to Chinese Taipei's Lee Jhe-Huei and Yang Po-Hsuan.

Commonwealth Games bronze medallists Treesa Jolly and Gayatri Gopichand Gopichand, seeded third, lost 9-21 10-21 to Japan's Rena Miyaura and Ayako Sakuramoto.

The new pair of Tanisha Crasto and Ashwini Ponnappa lost 15-21 18-21 to China's Tan Ning and Xia Yu Ting.

In the qualifiers, Unnati Hooda squandered a first-game advantage to go down 21-17 21-23 16-21 to local player Pornpicha Choeikeewong.

Kartikey Gulshan Kumar, Prerana Neeluri, Sathish Kumar Karunakaran and Keyura Mopati were among other Indians who failed to qualify for the main draw after suffering losses. PTI ATK AH AH

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