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Kidambi Srikanth is in Bangkok for the Thailand Open tournament.© Twitter

Indian shuttle Kidambi Srikanth took to Twitter to express his displeasure with testing for the coronavirus at the Thailand Open tournament in Bangkok. One of the photos shared by Kidambi showed him with a bloody nose, while the others were bloodstained towels. “We are taking care of ourselves so that the game does not come to spill blood for THIS,” Srikanth wrote. “However, I did 4 tests after my arrival and I cannot say that none of them were pleasant,” he added, before concluding by saying “Unacceptable”.

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Four players, including two Indians, tested positive for COVID-19 after the third round of mandatory testing was conducted on Monday, the World Badminton Federation said in a statement on Tuesday.

Saina Nehwal tested positive for the coronavirus, while HS Prannoy, after initially testing positive, came back negative on re-examination. They will be tested again on Tuesday, BWF said.

Parupalli Kashyap, Saina’s husband and participating colleague, has been placed in self-quarantine.

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Several Indian players are participating in the Thailand Open, which kicked off the 2021 badminton season.

The mixed doubles team of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Ashwini Ponnappa got off to a winning start on Tuesday. The Indian duo beat the Indonesian side of Hafiz Faisal and Gloria Emanuelle Widjaja, sixth seed in the tournament.

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Rankireddy and Ponnappa won the match 21-11, 27-19, 21-16 to advance to the next round.

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But PV Sindhu was knocked out by Denmark’s Mia Blichfeldt, who returned from one game to win 16-21, 26-24, 21-13.

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