Kidambi Srikanth (Photo Credit: Reuters)
Kidambi Srikanth pulled out of the Thailand Open with a calf muscle strain and hope to be back in action next week.
“Very sad to let you all know that I have been advised to pull out of Thailand Open due to a calf muscle strain. I am hoping to be fit by next week for the next round of the Thailand leg,” he posted.
Kidambi had taken just 31 minutes to prevail over compatriot Sourabh Verma 21-12 21-11 to book his place in the second round of men’s singles at the Super 1000 badminton tournament.
He had suffered nose bleed following a mandatory PCR test on arrival in Bangkok and took to social media to criticise the process.
Badminton World Federation later clarified that a doctor from the Covid-19 testing team attended to the Indian star.
“On Tuesday, the player indicated he suffered a nose bleed following a mandatory PCR test. A doctor from COVID-19 testing team located at the hotel attended to Kidambi shortly after,” said the BWF.
Earlier on Wednesday, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty crashed out of the men’s doubles event after suffering a straight-games defeat in their second-round contest.
Satwik-Chirag suffered a 19-21, 17-21 defeat against the Indonesian duo of Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan in a match that lasted 34 minutes.