Swiss Open: RMV Gurusaidutt beats compatriot Sourabh Verma; second seed Sameer enters quarter-finals
Commonwealth Games bronze medallist RMV Gurusaidutt and 2017 Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold winner Sameer Verma entered the quarter-finals of the Swiss Open World Super 300 tournament after registering contrasting wins in men's singles on Thursday.
Basel: Commonwealth Games bronze medallist RMV Gurusaidutt and 2017 Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold winner Sameer Verma entered the quarter-finals of the Swiss Open World Super 300 tournament after registering contrasting wins in men's singles on Thursday.
On a comeback trail after recovering from an ankle injury, Gurusaidutt defeated compatriot Sourabh Verma 21-18 21-14, while second seed Sameer eked out a 11-21 21-18 21-16 win over Japan's Yu Igarashi in another match.
Guru faces Thailand's Kantaphon Wangcharoen, while Sameer takes on Japan's Kento Momota next.
Sai Uttejitha Rao Chukka, however, suffered an 8-21 13-21 loss to second-seeded Japanese Minatsu Mitani.
Last night, men's doubles pair of Arjun MR and Ramchandran Shlok defeated Chinese Taipei's Po Li-Wei and Yang Ming-Tse 21-17 14-21 21-15 to reach the second round.
But Anura Prabhudesai lost 12-21 12-21 to top-seeded Japanese Sayaka Takahashi to bow out.
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The Indian duo will be quarantined in a hospital in the Thai capital for 10 days, in accordance with local rules. Saina's husband and fellow player Parupalli Kashyap too has been taken to hospital, but his results are awaited.
Months after the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted the international calendar, Sindhu, seeded sixth, returned to action with a 21-16, 24-26, 13-21 defeat to world no 18 Blichfeldt in a 74-minute battle.
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The players will also now have access to physio in their rooms but they will have to take prior appointment as part of the protocols in place.