Toyota Thailand Open: India shines in Round 2, booking four quarter-final berths

The Indians picked up some spectacular wins in round 2 of Toyota Thailand Open.

Toyota Thailand Open Round 2 SameerVerma

It was a good day for the Indian entourage in round 2 of the Toyota Thailand Open. The day began on a positive note for India with Sameer Verma ranked 31 breezing past Rasmus Gemke of Denmark ranked 17. He won 21-12, 21-9 comfortably.

HS Prannoy who came up with an extraordinary performance yesterday, could not keep his momentum up. He suffered defeat at the hands of Liew Daren 21-17, 21-18 in a 40-minute encounter, fought intensely.

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The young pair of Dhruv Kapila and Arjun MR could not stand chance against the English pair of Ben Lane and Sean Vendy. The match ended in the favour of Englishmen 21-9, 21-11 in 30 minutes.

Ashwini Ponnappa, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy
Ashwini Ponnappa and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy

The mixed doubles duo of Ashwini Ponnapa and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy beat the Denmark Open 2020 winners Mark Lamsfuss and Isabel Herttrich in an incredible three-setter. The duo won the hard-fought first game 22-20 before dropping the second game 14-21. In the third game, they made a comeback, reduced errors and took the game 21-16 to get into the quarterfinals.

Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty came up with a spectacular performance upsetting the seventh seeds. The promising Indian duo beat Choi Solgyu and Seo Seung Jae in straight sets 21-18, 23-21.

The Rio Olympic silver medalist PV Sindhu secured a quarter final berth as she thumped Kisona Selvaduray 21-10 21-12.

After an early round two exits for the Indian entourage last week at the Yonex Thailand Open, India has had a much better run this week. The quarterfinal will definitely hold some more power packed action with exciting gameplay.

Other major results

Ratchanok Intanon[4] beat Sung Ji Hyun 19-21, 24-22, 21-17

Lee Cheuk Yiu beat Anthony Ginting [5] 21-19 13-21 21-12

Tzu Wei Wang beat Ng Ka Long Angus [7] 21-13 21-11

Upcoming quarterfinals matches

  • Sameer Verma vs Anders Antonsen [3]
  • PV Sindhu vs Ratchanok Intanon[4]
  • Satwiksairaj Rankireddy/Chirag Shetty vs Ong Yew Sin/Teo Ee Yi
  • Satwiksairaj Rankireddy/Ashwini Ponnappa vs Chan peng Soon/Goh Liu Ying[5]

The Toyota Thailand Open matches will be telecast live on Star Sports 3 and Star Sports 2 HD TV channels in India. The broadcast will commence on 22 January at 9:30 am IST. The live streaming of the tournament will be available on Disney+ Hotstar OTT platform.

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