Sourabh Verma, Parupalli Kashyap and Ajay Jayaram have moved to the second round of men's singles after winning their respective ties at the USD 150,000 Barcelona Spain Masters. Sourabh, who won his third National title last week, beat Spain's Luís Enrique Penalver by a margin of 21-15, 21-16.
Sourabh Verma, who won his third National Title In Guwahati last week, won against Spain's Luis Enrique Penalver in straight sets 21-15, 21-16 to qualify for the second round where he will face Brazil's Pengbo of China, who won against Lakshya Sen by a margin of 21-8 21-12.
Commonwealth Games champion Parupalli Kashyap, who reached the semifinals at Guwahati last week, defeated Wong Wing Ki Vincent of Hong Kong by 27-25, 21-18 in a 53-minute duel. Kashyap will next face Kean Yew Loh of Singapore in the second round of the BWF World Tour Super 300 event.
Ajay Jayaram surprised everybody with a victory over Malaysia's Cheam June Wei in another match by a margin of 18-21, 21-16, 21-17. Ajay is now scheduled to face former World No 1 and top seed Viktor Axelsen of Denmark in a tough match in the upcoming round.
Meanwhile, In men's doubles round, the rising pair of Krishna Prasad Garaga and Dhruv Kapila, who only managed to reach the semifinals at Guwahati, defeated France's Christo Popov and Toma Junior Popov 21-19, 21-19 to set up a clash with London Olympic silver medallists and third seeded Danish pair of Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen.
Senior National finalists Arjun MR and Ramchandran Shlok lost 14-21, 15-21 to Korean pair of Kim Won Ho and Seo Seung Jae in men's doubles while the women's doubles pair of Pooja Dandu and Sanjana Santosh lost 15-21, 21-15, 16-21 to Cao Tong Wei and Yu Xiaohan of China.
Mugdha Agrey also made a positive start to her campaign by securing a 21-19, 21-16 win over Netherlands' Soraya De Visch Eijbergen to enter into the second round.