Sourabh, Uttejitha Rao enter main draw of Thailand Open Badminton

Bangkok, July 31:

Indian shuttlers Sourabh Verma and Sai Uttejitha Rao Chukka made it to the men’s and women’s singles main draw of the Thailand Open badminton tournament after winning their respective qualifying round matches here on Tuesday.

Sourabh first beat Kantawat Leelavechabutr of Thailand 21-18 21-19 and then got the better of Zhou Ze Qi of China 11-21 21-14 21-18 in his second match of the qualification round to advance to the men’s singles main draw.

Zhou had beaten another Indian Ajay Jayaram 21-16 21-13.

Uttejitha Rao, meanwhile, beat Tam Brittney of Canada 16-21 21-14 21-19 to enter the women’s singles main draw.

In the men’s doubles, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty beat compatriots Manu Attri and B. Sumeeth Reddy 21-11 24-26 21-11, but Ashwini Ponnappa and N. Sikki Reddy lost to Chinese pair of Li Wen Mei and Zheng Yu 21-1 21-13 in the women’s doubles.

The likes of Saina Nehwal in women’s singles, and B Sai Pranneeth, Kidambi Srikanth, H S Prannoy and Parupalli Kashyap, in men’s singles, are in the fray in the main draw of the BWF World Tour Super 500 tournament.

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