Sameer Verma defeated Lee Dong Keun in straight games in the men’s singles. The pair of Dhruv Kapila and N Sikki Reddy were knocked out of the mixed doubles.
Indian badminton player Sameer Verma qualified to the Round of 16 in the men’s singles of the French Open 2021 at the Stade Pierre de Coubertin in Paris on Tuesday.
Sameer Verma, the 21st rank holder beat South Korea’s Lee Dong Keun 21-14, 21-12 in 55 minutes in the opening round.
In his next match, Sameer Verma will face Indonesia’s Shesar Hiren Rhustavito. And he is a no. one rank holder above the Indian.
Meanwhile, the mixed doubles pair of Dhruv Kapila and N Sikki Reddy were knocked out in the round of 32.
Dhruv Kapila and N Sikki Reddy gave a tough fight but lost 21-19, 21-19 to Malaysian fifth seeds Chan Peng Soon and Goh Liu Ying.
The Malaysian pair were silver-medallists at the 2016 Rio Olympics and won gold in the mixed team event at the 2010 Commonwealth Games.