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Badminton: Sourabh Verma enters main draw of Hong Kong Open

In Badminton, Indian shuttler Sourabh Verma entered the men’s singles main draw of the Hong Kong Open after clinching straight-game wins in his two qualifying clashes today.

Sourabh first defeated Thailand’s Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk before getting the better of Lucas Claerbout of France 21-19, 21-19 in the final qualifying round.

Other Indians featuring in men’s singles main events starting tomorrow are Kidambi Srikanth, B Sai Praneeth, Sameer Verma, H S Prannoy and Parupalli Kashyap.

In the mixed doubles event, Indian pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Ashwini Ponnappa defeated Thailand’s Nipitphon Phuangphuapet and Savitree Amitrapai 16-21, 21-19, 21-17.

However, in another mixed doubles match, Pranaav Jerry Chopra and N Sikki Reddy lost to third-seeded Dechapol Puavaranukroh and Sapsiree Taerattanachai of Thailand 21-10, 21-18.

Other Indians featuring in men’s singles main events starting tomorrow are Kidambi Srikanth, B Sai Praneeth, Sameer Verma, H S Prannoy and Parupalli Kashyap.