Carolina Marin

Bangkok [Thailand], Jan 22 : Spanish shuttler Carolina Marin on Wednesday cruised to the second round of the ongoing Thailand Masters 2020.

Marin defeated South Korea’s Kim Ga-Eun 20-22, 21-10, 21-5 in 52 minutes. The first game saw a neck-to-neck fight from both the shuttlers and the Korean ended up winning. In the next two games, it was an easy show for the 2016 Rio Olympics gold medallist Marin.

The 26-year-old is in good form as she ended as runner-up, Indonesia Masters 2020, in her last competition. Whereas in the first tournament of the year, Malaysia Masters 2020, she lost in the semifinals at the hands of China’s Chen Yu Fei.

Marin will now play in the second-round match on Thursday, January 23.

Indian shuttlers Kidambi Srikanth and Sameer Verma crashed out of the Thailand Masters 2020 after losing their first-round matches.

Srikanth lost to Indonesia’s Shesar Hiren Rhustavito 21-12, 14-21, 11-21 in 48 minutes. His dismal form continues and this is his third consecutive first-round loss of the year and the second straight defeat at the hands of Rhustavito.

Sameer Verma was outplayed 16-21, 15-21 by Malaysia’s Lee Zii Jia in just 38 minutes. Later in the day, Saina Nehwal and HS Prannoy will take on their respective opponents in the first round.

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