Former world number 1s, Saina and Srikanth are way off the cut off mark to make Tokyo 2020
Srikanth and Saina Nehwal were all but out of contention after the last last qualifying event in Singapore was cancelled due to coronavirus-related travel restrictions.
The Singapore Open, a Super 500 event on the BWF World Tour, was the last tournament offering Race To Tokyo ranking points inside the Olympic qualifying window.
Following the postponement of the India Open, Saina and Srikanth's qualification for the Tokyo Games hinged on the Kuala Lumpur event followed by the Singapore Open (June 1-6).
In the wake of an unprecedented COVID-19 surge in India, Malaysia and Singapore have banned flights from the country effective April 28
Going through multiple COVID tests and living in a bio-bubble have become the new normal for international athletes and Srikanth has experienced it all in the last few months
Saina Nehwal, who is desperately seeking ranking points to make it to her fourth Olympics, took just 21 minutes to crush Ireland's Rachael Darragh
Nehwal took just 21 minutes to beat Rachael 21-9 21-5 and set up a clash with France's Marie Batomene
The Super 100 tournament in Paris will offer valuable points for Olympic qualification. Kidambi Srikanth and Saina Nehwal will be eager to do well to inch closer to the Tokyo berth
The Indian women's duo of Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy and men's doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty also progressed to the second round
Srikanth lost to Ireland's unseeded player Nguyen Nhat, while Kashyap went down in straight games to top seeded Japanese Kento Momota
Fourth seed Srikanth beat Wangcharoen 21-19 21-15 in 44 minutes, while second seeds Satwik and Chirag saw off fifth seeds Ong Yew Sin and Teo Ee
Kidambi Srikanth, a former world no 1, will face either sixth-seeded Thai Kantaphon Wangcharoen or Netherland's Mark Caljouw in the last-eight stage
World no. 13 Srikanth, an Olympic hopeful, will be up against France's Thomas Rouxel in the Round of 16.
It was here that Olympic silver medallist Sindhu had claimed the world championship gold in 2019, her last title before the COVID-19 pandemic disruption.
The duo had stunned fifth seeded Malaysian combination of Chan Peng Soon and Goh Liu Ying in the quarterfinals.
Kidambi Srikanth claimed the first game of his third and final round-robin match but Hong Kong's NG Ka Long Angus rallied to win the next two games
Back-to-back losses in BWF World Tour Finals has jeopardised the chances of the Indians to progress from the group stage
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