India shuttler Sourabh Verma has made it to the main draw of men’s singles of the Hong Kong Open 2019 that got underway from Tuesday. Sourabh faced two qualifiers Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk and Lucas Claerbout to progress ahead.
In the first match against Thailand’s Saensomboonsuk which latest 45 minutes, Sourabh won 21-15, 21-19.
In the second, he took 47 minutes to step ahead of French Claerbout 21-19, 21-19, a contest which was much closer than the first.
He’ll now start his campaign in the first round 1 from Wednesday. World number 10 Kidambi Srikanth, B Sai Praneeth, Sameer Verma, H S Prannoy and Parupalli Kashyap will also be in action in the men’s singles event.
From Wednesday, PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal will start their respective singles campaigns. It has been a few tough weeks for the duo who made early exits from a series of tournaments since the World Championships in August.
Besides the French Open quarterfinal finish, Sindhu, who had won the World Championships gold in August, and Indonesia Masters champion Saina have either lost in the first or second round. Last week, Sindhu went down in a three-game match against Taiwanese Pai Yu Po, while Saina lost in straight games to China’s Cai Yan Yan — both in the first round at China Open Super 750 tournament.
Interestingly, Saina will face the same opponent at Hong Kong and she will be itching to set the record straight against the world number 22 Chinese. Sixth seed Sindhu will square off against Korea’s world number 19 Kim Ga Eun in the opening round.