However, it was the end of the road for the highly talented HS Pranoy, a quarter-finalist at the recently concluded India Open Super Series, men’s doubles pair of Sanjeeth and Jagadish Yadav and women players Tanvi Lad, Thulasi PC, and Arundhati Pantawane.
India’s rising star Sindhu lived up to her top billing with a 21-13, 19-21, 21-13 win against Singapore’s Jiayuan Chen.
But the biggest upset of the day was created by Verma, who shocked another Malaysian and fourth seed Chong Wei Feng 15-21, 21-16, 21-19 in a match that lasted nearly an hour.
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