Sameer Verma Scores Upset Win

Kidambi Srikanth Outperforms Lakshya Sen, Sameer Verma Scores Upset Win

Kidambi Srikanth prevailed over Lakshya Sen in an all-Indian duel to advance to the men’s singles second round of the French Open Super 750 badminton tournament in Paris on Wednesday. Sameer Verma, meanwhile, registered an upset win over Anthony Sinisuka Ginting of Indonesia to make it to the second round. Srikanth, the 2021 World Championships silver winner, beat junior compatriot Sen 21-18 21-18 in a first-round match that lasted 46 minutes.

This was only the second career match between the top two Indian shuttlers. Sen had lost to his senior compatriot in their earlier meeting at the semifinals of the 2021 World Championships to settle for a bronze medal.

Srikanth next faces the winner of the first-round match between Rasmus Gemke of Denmark and Nhat Nguyen of Ireland.

The unseeded Verma, meanwhile, beat sixth-seeded Ginting 21-15 21-23 22-20 in a hard-fought upset win in a first-round match that lasted one hour and 17 minutes.

Verma made a remarkable fightback in the deciding game. He saved two match points after being 18-20 down.

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