Yonex Thailand Open: Saina Nehwal withdraws from Thailand Open after testing positive for COVID-19: Indian badminton star Saina Nehwal Nehwal has tested positive for Covid-19 due to which the organisers of the Thailand Open have asked the Hyderabadi shuttler to withdraw from the tournament. Therefore, her opponent, Kisona Selvaduray, has been given a walkover.
Saina had tested positive in the third Test which was conducted on Monday and she had also shared a video of herself undergoing the COVID-19 test.
Also, Saina’s husband Parupalli Kashyap has been forced to withdraw from the event.
As Kashyap was in close proximity with Saina, he has also been taken to hospital for another round of testing. However, Kasshyap’s test report is awaited but the organisers are assuming that he, too, would possibly test positive.
Kashyap was scheduled to play Jason Anthony Ho-Shue of Canada later on Tuesday.
— Saina Nehwal (@NSaina) January 11, 2021
Meanwhile, another Indian shuttle HS Prannoy also tested positive for COVID-19 and he along with Saina have been taken to the Bangkok hospital, where they will quarantine for 10 days.
The Yonex Thailand Open got underway on Tuesday and top Indian stars PV Sindhu, Kidambi Srikanth, and Sai Praneeth are ready to take the field. Star Sports Network will live broadcast the tournament while it will be live-streamed on Disney+ Hotstar. Badminton fans are requested to stay tuned to InsideSport.co for live updates.
PV Sindhu will face Mia Blichfeldt of Denmark which is expected to be a cracker of a contest. Sindhu has been practising in London for the last couple of weeks and will hope to start the tournament by winning her first game.
Indian players opening round matches on Tuesday:
– B SAI Praneeth (Ind) vs Kantaphon Wangcharoen (Thailand) @ 10 AM IST
– PV Sindhu (Ind) vs Mia Blichfeldt (Den) @ 10.15 AM IST
– P Kashyap (Ind) vs Jason Anthony Ho Shue (Can) @ 11.30 AM IST
Who are the favourites to win the title? In the YONEX All England champions Viktor Axelsen and Tai Tzu Ying will start as favorites. But like others both these top players have also been out of international competition for months, which puts almost everyone on the same page and level. So to predict a winner of the tournament will be a tough task for everyone.
The outcome might be early-round jitters or struggle with controlling the shuttle, presenting sufficient opportunities to their challengers.
Thailand Open 2021 Prize money:
The Thailand Open 2021 will be played at the Galle International Stadium and has a total prize money of US$1,000,00.
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Where the matches will be broadcasted and streamed LIVE?
The Yonex Thailand Open badminton matches will be telecast live in India on the Star Sports 3 and Star Sports 2 HD TV channels. Broadcast starts from January 12, 7:30 AM Indian Standard Time (IST).
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