Sourabh Verma booked a date with S. Prannoy for the third round after registering a hard-fought victory at the the U.S. Open badminton tournament.
Sourabh was made to sweat by young compatriot Lakshya Sen in sets of 21-11, 19-21, 21-12 before the second-round duel ended in his favour. The game lasted 53 minutes.
Prannoy, who is seeded second in the competition, also fought hard against Korea’s Kwang Hee Heo before winning the contest 21-16, 18-21, 21-16 in the second round. The game lasted for exactly an hour.
As a result of the their respective victories, India is assured of a slot in the semi finals. Sourabh and Prannoy will face each other later on Friday.
Shuttling prodigy Lakshya Sen had earlier stunned senior compatriot Parupalli Kashyap in the first round of the 2019 US Open to proceed to the second round. Sen had beat Kashyap in two straight games of 21-11, 21-18.
Sourabh Verma, on the other hand, had brought England’s Toby Penty down to move to the second round. Having lost the first set, the Indian shuttler had came back in the last two in a game 21-23 21-15 22-20 that lasted for an hour and four-minutes.
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In another men’s singles encounter in California, Prannoy had also returned strong having lost the first game to clinch the three games 21-23, 24-22, 21-18 against Yu Igarashi of Japan.
However, not all Indians were as lucky on Wednesday. Sri Krishna, Priya Kudaravalli, Ajay Jayaram, and Aruna Prabhudesai failed to make it past the 1st round and were knocked out. Jayaram went down to Taipei’s Wang Tzu Wei in sets of 16-21 21-18 16-21 in a game that lasted for an hour and five minutes.
Kudaravalli bowed out of the competition after losing out to Kim Ga Eun of Korea 11-21 8-21. Prabhudesai also lost to Lin Hsiang Ti 17-21 14-21 of Chinese Taipei in the women’s singles matches on Thursday.