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Thailand Masters: Saina, Srikanth disappoint as India’s campaign ends

India had a disappointing opening day at the Thailand Masters as all four shuttlers participating from the country bowed out of the competition after facing defeats in their respective first round matches on Wednesday.

In men”s singles, Kidambi Srikanth, Sameer Verma and H.S. Prannoy faced crushing defeats in their opening rounds, while Saina Nehwal, India”s lone contender in women”s singles, also failed to advance in the $ 170,000 tournament.

Srikanth, the fifth-seeded player, lost 21-12, 14-21, 11-21 to Shesar Hiren Rhustavito of Indonesia in 48 minutes to make it his third straight first round loss of the year.

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