The entire Indian contingent was dismissed from the Yonex Thailand Open in as early as the second round. Now, the shuttlers will be looking for redemption at the Toyota Thailand Open beginning on 19 January. The second leg of Thailand Open was added to the BWF calendar keeping in mind that a majority of events were cancelled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The first edition recently concluded on Sunday. After a poor show there, Indian shuttlers will be desperate for a good run this time. They will also be looking to qualify for the season-concluding BWF World Tour Finals in Bangkok later this month.
Reigning world champion, PV Sindhu suffered a shock exit in her opening match in the first leg. She crashed out against Danish shuttler Mia Blichfeldt. The Rio silver medalist will now face local favorite Busanan Ongbamgrungphan in her first match. Interestingly, Busanan was responsible for knocking out Saina Nehwal in the second round of Thailand Open last week. Nehwal will have a tough opening draw. The London bronze medalist will go against world no. 5 Ratchanok Intanon.
In the mens singles, concerns are still rife over Kidambi Srikanth and Parupalli Kashyap‘s fitness. Former world no. 1 Srikanth withdrew from his second fixture due to a calf muscle strain. Kashyap could only make it to the third game of his opening match before retiring hurt owing to a muscle pull. This time, Srikanth is slated to face local player Sitthikom Thammasin while Kashyap is scheduled play against Denmark’s Rasmus Gemke.
In mens doubles, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty will open their campaign against fellow Indians, Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy. Indian mixed doubles pair of Ashwini Ponnappa and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy will face Danish duo Niclas Nohr and Amalie Magelund.
Badminton schedule and fixtures of Indian shuttlers
The Toyota Thailand Open gets underway on 19 January and is expected to conclude on 24 January.
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
Where to watch Toyota Thailand Open live in India
The Toyota Thailand Open matches will be telecast live on Star Sports 3 and Star Sports 2 HD TV channels in India. Broadcast will commence from 19 January at 7:30 am IST. The live streaming of the tournament will be available on Disney+ Hotstar OTT platform.