Srikanth, currently ranked 14th in the world rankings, defeated compatriot Saurabh Verma in his round match on Wednesday. Srikanth defeated world number-30 Saurabh 21-12 21-11 in a 31-minute match.
With this victory, 27-year-old Srikanth has made his career 3-0 against Saurabh. Earlier, Srikanth defeated Saurabh at the Hong Kong Open in 2019 and the French Open in 2013.
In the second round, Srikanth will now face the winner of the match between compatriot HS Prannoy and Malaysia’s Li Ji Jia.
In another men’s singles match, Sameer Verma lost to Indonesia’s Cheshire Hiren Rustavito.
Rustavito beat Samir 21-15 21-17 in a 37-minute match. World No. 31 Sameer had his first career clash against World No. 18 against Rustavito.
Earlier, in the men’s singles first match, Parupalli Kashyap dropped out of the match leaving his first round match in the middle. Kashyap landed on the court against Canadian Anthony Ho Shue. In the first game, they lost 9-21, while in the second game they returned and won 21-13. In the third game, Shue was ahead 14–8, but Kashyap decided to retire and Shue got a chance to go to the second round.
Earlier, the men’s doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty reached the second round of the tournament.
Chirag and Satwik pair advanced to the next round by defeating South Korean pair Kim Ji Jung and Lee Yong Dae 19-21 21-16 21-14 in the first round. The Indian pair won the match in an hour and eight minutes.
In another men’s doubles match, the pair of MR Arjun and Dhruv Kapila lost. Malaysian pair Yong Yew Sin and Toe EA defeated the Indian pair 21-13 8-21 22-24.
India suffered disappointment in mixed doubles. B. Sumit Reddy and N. Sikki Reddy’s pair defeated Teng Chun Man and Tse Ying Suet 22-20, 21-17 in the first round.
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