It was unfortunate that two of Indian players had to withdraw from Toyota Thailand Open. Men’s singles player Sai Praneeth B tested positive for COVID-19. His roommate Kidambi Srikanth has withdrawn from the tournament and is in strict self-quarantine.
All other players and personnel involved in the TOYOTA Thailand Open, including all Team India players and entourage, returned negative results following Monday’s mandatory round of PCR testing. Thai health authorities have cleared Indian players to continue competing in the tournament upon producing a negative test result each day.
HS Prannoy has made his way to the headlines by beating the sixth seed Jonatan Christie in a brilliant match lasting an hour and fifteen minutes 18-21, 21-16, 23-21. The match was nothing less than a roller coaster ride. Prannoy has just recovered from COVID infection and is still suffering some after-effects. In addition, suffered a bad fall during a rally which gave Christie match point in the third game, and injured his shoulder. But none of this stopped Prannoy from giving his all on the court.
The top Indian women’s doubles duo Ashwini Ponnappa and Sikki Reddy went down to German pair of Linda Herttrish and Linda Efler 21-11 and 21-19.
Dhruv Kapila and Arjun MR who made their debut in a Super 1000 last week improved their result by winning their first-round match today. They beat the Australian pair of Abhinav Manota and Oliver Davis in straight hard fought games, 23-21 and 21-17.
The husband wife pair of Sikki Reddy and Sumeeth Reddy went down fighting to Hoo Pang Ron and Cheah Yee See 21-14, 18-21, 21-13 in a 55 minute battle.
Tomorrow, the quarterfinals begin, ensuring some more power-packed action from Bangkok.
- Ashwini Ponnappa/Satwiksairaj Rankireddy vs Mark Lamsfuss/Isabel Herttrich
- Arjun MR/Dhruv Kapila vs Ben Lane/Sean Vendy
- Sameer Verma vs Rasmus Gemke
- Prannoy HS vs Liew Daren
- PV Sindhu vs Kisona Selvaduray
- Satwiksairaj Rankireddy/Chirag Shetty vs Choi Solgyu/Seo Seung Jae 
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 21 January at 7:30 am IST. The live streaming of the tournament will be available on Disney+ Hotstar OTT platform.