Former Commonwealth Games champion Parupalli Kashyap and reigning national champion Sourabh Verma progressed to the pre-quarterfinals in a mixed day for India at the $75,000 Canada Open Super 100 tournament in Calgary.
Kashyap, seeded sixth, defeated France’s Lucas Corvee 21-12, 21-17, while Sourabh thrashed Canada’s B R Sankeerth 21-14, 21-11 in another men’s singles match.
Kashyap, who had reached the semifinals at India Open this year, will next meet China’s Ren Peng Bo, while 26-year-old Sourabh, who had won titles in Russia and the Netherlands last year, faces another Chinese Sun Fei Xiang.
It turned out to be a forgetful day for other Indians in fray as Ajay Jayaram, HS Prannoy and Lakshya Sen – all bowed out of the competition after losing their respective matches.
While Ajay went down 19-21, 17-21 to 2010 Commonwealth Games silver medallist Rajiv Ouseph of England, third seed Prannoy was no match for Koki Watanabe of Japan, losing 16-21, 10-21 in 34 minutes and Sen was outclassed by China’s Weng Hong Yang 7-21, 13-21.
The Indian trio will now hope to do well at the US Open BWF World Tour Super 300 event to be held from July 9 to 14, 2019.