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Sindhu pulls out of Thailand Open, Saina returns

The return: Saina Nehwal, seeded seventh, will open her campaign against a qualifier on Wednesday.

The return: Saina Nehwal, seeded seventh, will open her campaign against a qualifier on Wednesday.   | Photo Credit: RituRajKonwar

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Top Indian shuttler P.V. Sindhu has withdrawn from the Thailand Open but compatriot Saina Nehwal will return to the circuit in the BWF Super 500 event here after missing out back-to-back tournaments.

Sindhu, who reached the final of the Indonesia Open but lost in the Japan Open quarterfinals last week, will not take the court in the Thailand Open main draw, which begins on Wednesday. She had lost to Akane Yamaguchi of Japan in both the previous tournaments. The reasons for her withdrawal from the event here are not clear yet.

Saina, seeded seventh, will open her campaign against a qualifier on Wednesday. She was forced to withdraw from both the Indonesia and Japan Open on medical grounds.

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Qualifies

Meanwhile, Sourabh Verma and Sai Uttejitha Rao Chukka qualified on Tuesday for the main draw.

Sourabh beat Kantawat Leelavechabutr of Thailand 21-18, 21-19 in the first round before defeating Zhou Ze Qi of China 11-21, 21-14, 21-18. Zhou had defeated Ajay Jayaram 16-21, 13-21 to set up the match against Sourabh.

Uttejitha beat Tam Brittney of Canada 16-21, 21-14, 21-19.

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