Indian shuttler Sourabh Verma entered the men’s singles main draw of the Hong Kong Open after securing straight-game wins in his two passing conflicts here on Tuesday.
Sourabh seeded fourth in the qualifiers, first vanquished Thailand’s Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk 21-15 21-19 preceding showing signs of improvement of Lucas Claerbout of France 21-19 21-19 in the last passing round.
Different Indians highlighting in the men’s singles headliner will begin on Wednesday. World no.10 Kidambi Srikanth, B Sai Praneeth, Sameer Verma, H S Prannoy and Parupalli Kashyap are those in the fray in the competition.
While Srikanth has an intense opening experience against world no.1 Kento Momota of Japan, Sourabh’s sibling, Sameer will be facing Tzu Wei Wanf of Taipei.
B Sai Praneeth too has a tough opening round experience against third seed Shi Yu Qi of China, while Prannoy and Kashyap will take on China’s Huang Yu Xiang and Kenta Nishimoto of Japan.
Later on Tuesday, the Indian shuttlers will open their campaign in the mixed doubles event.
While the pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Ashwini Ponnappa will be facing Thailand’s Nipitphon Phuangphuapet and Savitree Amitrapai, the combination of Pranaav Jerry Chopra and N Sikki Reddy will confront third seeds Dechapol Puavaranukroh and Sapsiree Taerattanachai of Thailand.