The star doubles duo of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty, who played a key role in India’s historic Thomas Cup victory, pulled out of the Thailand Open Super 500 tournament starting on Tuesday. Chiragh is understood to have encountered some minor issues during the tournament, and the pair informed the Badminton Association of India on Monday of their decision not to take part in the tournament this week. The world No. 8 duo lost just one match in the Thomas Cup – against Chinese Taipei, and brought India back into the game after initial reversals against Malaysia and Denmark in the quarter-finals and semi-finals.

Among other Indians, World Championship silver medalist Kidambi Srikanth, the eighth seed who is unbeaten with six in the Thomas Cup, will face cloth Brice Leverdez, while HS Prannoy, who won the decisive third single in the knockout stage, met Daren Liew of Malaysia.

Tokyo Olympian B Sai Praneeth will face Japan’s Koki Watanabe, while Sourabh Verma will face France’s Toma Junior Popov.

In women’s singles, two-time Olympic medalist PV Sindhu will compete in the qualifying rounds, while Saina Nehwal will face South Korea’s Kim Ga-eun.

In men’s doubles, MR Arjun and Dhruv Kapila, Krishna Prasad Garaga and Vishnuvardhan Goud Panjala, Shyam Prasad and S Sunijith, Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Attri, Ishaan Bhatnagar and Sai Pratheek K are all competing.

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Palak Arora and Unnati Hooda, Haritha Manazhiyil Harinarayanan and Ashna Roy, and Bhat K and Shikha Gautam will be looking to outdo themselves in women’s doubles.

B Sumeeth Reddy and Ponnappa, Raju Mohamed Rehan and Jamaludeen Anees Kowsar, Ishaan Bhatnagar and Tanisha Crasto, Venkat Gaurav Prasad and Juhi Dewangan will lead India in mixed doubles.


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