HS Prannoy, Sameer Verma lose in French Open

Indian shuttlers HS Prannoy and Sameer Verma suffered several losses to knock themselves out of the men’s singles competition at the French Open Super 750 tournament.

Prannoy, a Thomas Cup winner, went down battling China’s Lu Guang Zu 19-21 22-20 19-21, while Sameer lost to Thai Kunlavut Vitidsarn on Thursday night 18-21 11-21 in the pre-quarter final . Kidambi Srikanth also crashed out of the tournament after losing to Denmark’s Rasmus Gemke 21-19 12-21 19-21 in a match that lasted an hour and 15 minutes.

Seventh-seeded Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty are the only surviving Indians in the tournament. The duo defeated Malaysian pair Man Wei Chong and Kai Wun Tee 21-16 21-14 in a round of 16 and will face top Japanese pair Takuro Hohi and Yugo Kobayashi later in the day in the quarterfinals.

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