Shuttlers Kidambi Srikanth and Sameer Verma advanced to the second round of the men’s single event in Gwangju on Wednesday (November 20) while Sourabh Verma bowed out of the ongoing Korea Masters.
The sixth seed Srikanth defeated 21-18 21-17 Hong Kong’s Wong Wing Ki Vincent in a match that lasted 37 minutes.
The former world no.1 Srikanth now enjoys a dominant 11-3 head-to-head record over the Hong Kong shuttler. He will face Kanta Tsuneyama of Japan in the second round.
Sameer Verma also reached the second round after his opponent Japan’s Kazumasa Sakai retired midway with the score reading 11-8 in favour of the Indian.
However, it was end of the road for Sourabh Verma, who went down after winning the first game to local favourite Kim Donghun 21-13 12-21 13-21. Sameer will take on Donghun in the second round.
(With inputs from agencies)