Posted on Tue Jan 19 2021
Sameer Verma, Kidambi Srikanth, PV Sindhu, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy & Ashwini Ponnappa of India advanced to next round of Toyota Thailand Open. Sameer Verma registered a decent fight against 8th seeded LEE Zii Jia of Malaysia by 18-21, 27-25, 21-19. It is the only good news since Indian pairs Satwiksairaj and Chirag, Satwiksairaj and Ashwini had registered their better performances during last week against Korean and Indonesian top seeded pairs respectively in Yonex Thailand Open.
Kidambi Srikanth, PV Sindhu, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy & Ashwini Ponnappa also advanced easily to the next round of Toyota Thailand Open on the first day. Satwiksairaj and Chirag fought, won against their Indian counterpart, and moved to next round. Sai praneeth, Saina Nehwal, Sourabh Verma, Parupalli Kashyap(Retired) exit in the first round.
Yonex Thailand open reveals the fact that quality matters more than quantity.
Though the most number of Men's Singles players form a country is from India, No one has qualified for more than second round. It is time to rethink to concentrate new talents, rather than accumulating the coaching investments and sponsorships to the same workforce continuously. Yonex Thailand open reveals the fact that quality matters more than quantity.
Indians have a second opportunity to perform better at the Toyota Thailand Open starting from Today. And the tournament ranking points will be counted to determine who qualifies for the World Tour Finals, scheduled to be held in Bangkok next week. Let us wait and see their hopes will come true or not in the next five days.
Only Srikanth Kidambi has the opportunity to represent the country, and it is difficult to guess others' chances to play in Bangkok next week.
At the first World Tour ranking tournament of 2021 and the big tournament after lockdown relaxation and with protocols, the return of India's top badminton players at the Yonex Thailand Open 2021 was disappointing. The absence of Chinese and Japanese players provided a great opportunity for the Indians to penetrate to the top of the tournament. No Indian player had not reached the quarter finals of Yonex Thailand Open 2021.
At the end of the 26 tournaments of BWF World Tour circuit, top eight players/pairs in the BWF World Tour standing of each discipline, with the maximum of two players/pairs from the same country, are required to play in the BWF World Tour Finals at Bangkok. Only Srikanth Kidambi has the opportunity to represent the country, and it is difficult to guess others' chances to play in Bangkok next week.