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Syed Modi International: Kidambi Srikanth, Sourabh Verma enter quarterfinals

The Women’s duo of Simran Singhi and Ritika Thaker made it to the quarterfinals after beating compatriots Riya Mookerjee and Anura Prabhudesai 21-12, 21-15.

SNS | New Delhi |

Top Indian shuttlers Kidambi Srikanth and Sourabh Verma reached the quarterfinals as Lakshya Sen bowed out of the men’s singles contest at the Syed Modi International Badminton tournament in Lucknow on Thursday.

Srikanth won 18-21, 22-20, 21-16 in a thrilling match over compatriot Parupalli Kashyap to set up a clash with Son Wan Ho of Korea in the Super 300 meet.

Notably, Srikanth had defeated Russia’s Vladimir Malkov in straight sets of 21-12 21-11 in 36 minutes in the first round, whereas his opponent Kashyap had got a walkover from Frenchman Lucas Corvee.

Meanwhile, Verma, who had outplayed Canada’s Xiaodong Sheng 21-11 21-16 in the first round, defeated fellow Indian Alap Mishra 21-11 21-18 to face Thailand’s Kunlavut Vitidsarn. Lakshya, 18, went down to the experienced Son Wan Ho, a former world number 1.

In the women’s doubles pair, Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy retired after they were behind 0-2 in the opening game against English pair of Chloe Birch and Lauren Smith. The Indian duo had entered the second round after beating Hong Kong pair of NG Tsz Yau and Yuen Sin Ying 21-13, 16-21, 21-19.

The Women’s duo of Simran Singhi and Ritika Thaker made it to the quarterfinals after beating compatriots Riya Mookerjee and Anura Prabhudesai 21-12, 21-15.