K. Srikanth, Sameer Verma sail through BWF World Championships opener

India made a promising start at the BWF World Championships with in-form shuttler Kidambi Srikanth and Sameer Verma advancing to the second round of men’s singles in Glasgow on Monday.

Srikanth, seeded eighth, who won the Indonesia Open Superseries Premier and Australian Open Superseries in June, defeated Russia’s Sergey Sirant 21-13, 21-12 in less than half an hour to set up a clash against France’s Lucas Corvee in the next round.

Sameer Verma, who won the Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold in January, also reached the second round after his opponent Spain’s Pablo Abian retired midway with the score reading 21-8, 17-4 in favour of the Indian.

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