The 18-year-old landed back home in Indore last week just as the American outbreak was set to rise, cutting short his freshman's year taking the first direct flight out of Newark into Mumbai, avoiding any European layover.
Bhavani Devi returned to India in the nick of time during the pandemic when she was bang in the middle of her training-cum-competition shuttling between Greece and Italy and finally for a camp in Belgium.
Japanese Akane Yamaguchi dismantled Saina Nehwal with disdain in the first round of the All England. Now, she faces the likelihood of being quarantined on her return home having travelled to Spain after February 15.
Most times on Wednesday in his opening round of the All England, Srikanth looked like a teenager standing ashore, looking forlornly towards a brightly-lit party boat sailing quickly away. That was the Olympics slipping out of his grasp.
All England Open (Super 1000): The Indian World No 26 mixed doubles pair Pranav Jerry Chopra and Sikki Reddy took a set off the World No 1 Chinese pair Zheng Si Wei and Huang Ya Qiaong before going down in their first round match.
“I was in the Top 20 in 2017 when I got injured. Ever since my comeback after an eight-month hiatus, I've had to fund myself entirely for all international tournaments, let alone training and other expenses,” said Ajay Jayaram.