Thailand Masters 2020: India's miserable start to year continues as Saina Nehwal's first-round exit calls time on country's campaign

Saina had also lost in the opening round in the Indonesia Masters last week after entering the quarter-finals in the Malaysia Masters

Press Trust of India January 22, 2020 18:25:56 IST
Thailand Masters 2020: India's miserable start to year continues as Saina Nehwal's first-round exit calls time on country's campaign
  • Top Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal suffered a second consecutive opening round defeat as she went to Line Hojmark Kjaersfeldt of Denmark to bring curtains on the country's campaign in the Thailand Masters

  • The fifth-seeded Saina lost to unseeded Kjaersfeldt 13-21, 21-17, 15-21 in a hard-fought 47-minute contest

  • Saina had also lost in the opening round in the Indonesia Masters last week after entering the quarter-finals in the Malaysia Masters

Bangkok: Top Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal suffered a second consecutive opening round defeat as she went to Line Hojmark Kjaersfeldt of Denmark to bring curtains on the country's campaign in the Thailand Masters on Wednesday.

Thailand Masters 2020 Indias miserable start to year continues as Saina Nehwals firstround exit calls time on countrys campaign

File photo Saina Nehwal. AFP

The fifth-seeded Saina lost to unseeded Kjaersfeldt 13-21, 21-17, 15-21 in a hard-fought 47-minute contest. World number 18 Saina had a 4-0 head-to-head record against the number 29 Dane before Wednesday's match.

With Saina's defeat, India's campaign came to an end in the BWF World Tour Super 300 event.

Saina had also lost in the opening round in the Indonesia Masters last week after entering the quarter-finals in the Malaysia Masters (7-12 January).

In the men's singles, the trio of Kidambi Srikanth, Sameer Verma and HS Prannoy, too, faltered in the first round.

Indian shuttlers thus continued their poor run after making early exits in the Malaysia and Indonesia Masters earlier this month.

Verma lost to Malaysia's Lee Zii Jia 16-21 15-21 in a 39-minute men's singles match. The story went on similar lines for the fifth-seeded Srikanth, who went down to Shesar Hiren Rhustavito of Indonesia 21-12, 14-21, 12-21, in a match that lasted 48 minutes.

This was Srikanth's third consecutive first-round exit this season.

It was curtains for Prannoy too. He lost 17-21, 22-20, 19-21 to Malaysia's Liew Daren.

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