Saina Nehwal to give World Championships a miss for the first time as injuries derail star shuttler's season
Nehwal, who has won a silver and bronze besides eight quarter-final finishes in the World Championships over the years, is recovering from a groin pull and knee injury.
Parupalli Kashyap went down 11-21 14-21 to Loh Kean Yew of Singapore to bow out of the competition.
Lakshya, who had finished runners-up at Dutch Open last Sunday, dished out a superb performance to outclass national champion Sourabh 21-9, 21-7 in 26 minutes.
The prestigious World Mixed Team Championship is scheduled to be held in Vantaa, Finland from 26 September to 3 October.
Battling injuries and indifferent form, Saina, 31, couldn't make her fourth Olympics after the sport's governing body, BWF, cancelled the last three qualifiers due to the pandemic.
Fourth seeded Saina, who is desperately seeking ranking points to make it to her fourth Olympics, took just 21 minutes to beat Rachael 21-9 21-5 and set up a clash with France's Marie Batomene.
All England Open 2021: PV Sindhu cruises past Soniia Cheah; Kidambi Srikanth, Parupalli Kashyap suffer early exits
The Indian women's duo of Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy and men's doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty also progressed to the second round with straight game wins.
India's foreign coach Mathais Boe said, "I find it completely absurd how this can happen, since we have been isolated in Zurich since the Swiss Open started two weeks ago. We have been tested five times in 14 days and all tests have been negative."
With just a day remaining for the start of the main round of the All England Championships, Indian badminton star Saina Nehwal took to social media to express her dismay at being kept quarantined in her hotel room in Birmingham for over two days
World champion PV Sindhu hardly broke any sweat, beating USA's Iris Wang 21-13 21-14 in the women's singles competition, while former world no 1 Srikanth notched up a 21-10, 14-21, 21-14 victory over World No 50 Thomas Rouxel of France and Jayaram eked out a hard-fought 21-18, 17-21, 21-13 against third-seeded Dane Rasmus Gemke in their respective men's singles second-round matches.
All England Championships 2021: PV Sindhu gets easy passage to quarters, tough draw for Saina Nehwal
According to the draw released by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) on Tuesday, Olympic silver medallist Sindhu will kick off her campaign in the women's singles with a clash against Malaysia's Soniia Cheah.
Every one of the eight singles exponents – six in the men’s category, and two among the women, comprising the cream of Indian badminton – were sidelined before the completion of the second round matches
The Thailand Open is the first of three consecutive tournaments played in a bio-secure 'bubble' in Bangkok as badminton resumes after a coronavirus-ravaged 2020.
Thailand Open: Saina Nehwal, Kidambi Srikanth win in straight sets, Carolina Marin through to second round
Saina got the better of Selvaduray Kisona of Malaysia 21-15, 21-15 in the women's singles opening round to set up a clash with Thailand's Busanan Ongbamrungphan.
Thailand Open 2021: ‘Withdrawn’, ‘COVID-positive’ Saina Nehwal reinstated; to play first round match on Wednesday evening
After testing positive for COVID-19, Saina Nehwal was told that she, along with husband Parupalli Kashyap and HS Prannoy, would be moved immediately to a hospital, only for her to test negative hours later.
The Indian duo will be quarantined in a hospital in the Thai capital for 10 days, in accordance with local rules. Saina's husband and fellow player Parupalli Kashyap too has been taken to hospital, but his results are awaited.
Saina Nehwal and Co leave for Thailand to compete in two Super 1000 events; PV Sindhu to fly from London
The Indian badminton team, including Olympic hopefuls Saina Nehwal, B Sai Praneeth and Kidambi Srikanth, on Sunday left for Thailand to compete in back-to-back BWF World Tour Super 1000 events.
"Kashyap, Guru, Prannoy and Pranaav returned positive but Saina tested negative," a source in the Gopichand academy said.
With Saina Nehwal and Parupalli Kashyap withdrawing from the tournament at the eleventh hour, all eyes will be on Srikanth and Lakshya as they resume their title hunt at the Super 750 event.
“I don’t see me and Saina hitting top form for a month, at least. But, we hope to be ready by January, when tournaments resume,” Kashyap said.