Thailand Open: Saina Nehwal, Kidambi Srikanth progress; Sourabh Verma crashes out

first_img Next Press Trust of India BangkokJuly 31, 2019UPDATED: July 31, 2019 16:55 IST Saina Nehwal registered a straight-game win over local hope Phittayaporn Chaiwan. (IANS Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSaina Nehwal registered a straight-game win over local hope Phittayaporn ChaiwanRankireddy-Ponnappa stunned Olympic silver medallists Chan Peng Soon and Goh Liu YingFifth seed Kidambi Srikanth defeated Chinese qualifier Ren Peng Bo 21-13 17-21 21-19Star Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal returned to the court in style, registering a straight-game win over local hope Phittayaporn Chaiwan, to sail into the women’s singles second round of the Thailand Open here on Wednesday.Returning to action after nearly two months, Saina, who made last-minute withdrawals from Indonesia Open and last week’s Japan Open because of injuries, got past Chaiwan 21-17 21-19 in her opening round contest.The seventh-seeded Indian will next play the winner of another first-round match between Japan’s Sayaka Takahashi and Ruseli Hartawan of Indonesia.It was good news for Indians in the men’s singles event as well as the likes of Kidambi Srikanth, H S Prannoy, Parupalli Kashyap and Shubhanker Dey all progressed to the next round by overcoming their respective rivals.Fifth seed Srikanth was made to toil hard for one hour and seven minutes by Chinese qualifier Ren Peng Bo before the Indian came out victorious 21-13 17-21 21-19. Srikanth will be up against Thailand’s Khosit Phetpradab in the second round.Later in the day, Prannoy defeated Hong Kong’s Wong Wing Ki Vincent of 21-16 22-20, while Kashyap came from a game down to beat Israel’s Misha Zilberman 18-21 21-8 21-14.Both Prannoy and Kashyap have tough second-round encounters in hand as they are up against sixth-seeded Japanese Kenta Nishimoto and third seed Chou Tien Chen of Taipei respectively.Lady luck smiled on Subhankar Dey as he was handed a walkover by top seed and world number 1 Kento Momota of Japan in his opening round contest.advertisementHowever, it was curtains for Sourabh Verma. He fought hard for 64 minutes against seventh seed Kanta Tsuneyama of Japan before going down 21-23 21-19 5-21 in his opening match.Earlier in the day, the mixed doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Ashwini Ponnappa recorded one of the biggest wins of their career, stunning Olympic silver medallists Chan Peng Soon and Goh Liu Ying in the first round.The unseeded Indian pair battled for one hour and two minutes to get past the fifth-seeded Malaysian duo of Soon and Ying 21-18 18-21 21-17.It is only the second time that world number 23 Ponnappa and Rankireddy got the better of Soon and Ying, ranked 5th in the world. The Indian pair had defeated their Malaysian opponents in the mixed team event of Gold Coast Commonwealth Games last year.Ponnappa and Rankireddy will play Indonesia’s Alfian Eko Prasetya and Marsheilla Gischa Islami in the second round.The other Indian mixed doubles pair of Pranaav Jerry Chopra and N Sikki Reddy eased past Japanese duo of Kohei Gondo and Ayane Kurihara 21-16 21-13. They will next play eight seeds Tang Chun Man and Tse Ying Suet of Hong Kong.In another women’s singles match, India’s Sai Uttejitha Rao Chukka was no match for China’s Chen Xiao Xin, losing 17-21 7-21 in the first round.Also Read | PV Sindhu withdraws from Thailand Open, Saina Nehwal returnsAlso Read | PV Sindhu retains 5th spot, Akane Yamaguchi new World No. 1Also See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow Thailand OpenFollow Ashwini PonnappaFollow Kidambi Srikanth Thailand Open: Saina Nehwal, Kidambi Srikanth progress; Sourabh Verma crashes outSaina Nehwal will next play the winner of another first-round match between Japan’s Sayaka Takahashi and Ruseli Hartawan of Indonesiaadvertisementlast_img read more

Athabasca Oil Corp raises capital budget says CEO to retire

CALGARY — Athabasca Oil Corp. says its president and chief executive officer will retire on Sept. 30.CEO Sveinung Svarte has been at the helm of the Calgary-based company since 2006. He will remain on the company’s board of directors as vice chairman and will also continue to be involved in business development for Athabasca.Board chairman Tom Buchanan will assume Svarte’s executive duties. “Since 2006, under his leadership Athabasca has grown into a $3 billion company with an extensive portfolio of world class resource assets in both light oil and thermal oil. We look forward to his continued involvement as a valued member of the board,” Buchanan said in a news release on Monday.Also, the company’s board of directors has approved an increase of $140 million to Athabasca’s 2014 capital budget, bringing the total to $667 million. Athabasca says it’s also maintaining its guidance range of 6,000 to 6,500 barrels of oil equivalent per day for the second half of 2014.Athabasca recently sold its stake in the Dover oilsands project to a Canadian unit of PetroChina, which will bring proceeds of $1.184 billion, $600 million of which has already been paid in cash. The company has said it will continue developing its holdings in Alberta’s promising Duvernay shale and the Hangingstone oil sands project. read more

Runner takes names with fundraising cancer run

Diana Panter will wear a T-shirt bearing the names of Brock friends and loved ones who have battled cancer.Diana Panter knows some of the names of people who have been touched by cancer.She’s seen co-workers’ lives impacted by the disease. She’s watched the struggles of her mother, her cousin and her mother’s cousin enough to know that behind the statistics are the identities of family and friends and the people who care for them.Panter will take some of their names on the road with her when she does the Rankin Cancer Run on May 29. She will join Brock’s Community Connections team to run five kilometres through St. Catharines raising money for cancer research. She will run wearing a T-shirt covered in names collected from the Brock community.“I want to show how many people it’s touched,” said the publications and Convocation events assistant in the Office of the Registrar. “If people haven’t experienced it directly, usually they have a friend or relative it’s touched. This is just a way to acknowledge that.”Some of the names represent people who have survived cancer. Others are relatives Brock employees have lost. Some are full names, while others are less specific, like “Anna” or “Grandma K.”Panter has more than 50 names so far. She’d like to get more. She may drop off the T-shirt at various departments to have them add names, she said. She can also be contacted at 905-688-5550 x3429, or dpanter@brocku.caThe Brock team still needs runners or walkers. Anyone interested can email Jamie Wheeler at and include their T-shirt size. Participants can also sign up online at and join the Brock University team.Participants can run or walk one kilometre or five kilometres. In the past four years, the run has raised $1,380,000.Link:• The Rankin Cancer Run — All for Niagara read more