• H.S. Prannoy

    Auckland, Aug 3 (IANS) Indian shuttlers Sourabh Verma and H.S. Prannoy defeated their opponents to advance in the New Zealand Open Badminton here on Thursday.

    Sourabh Verma (Image Source: Getty Images)

    Verma, the seventh seed, defeated his compatriot Parupalli Kashyap in gruelling three games. Verma, who is in his prime form, edged past the 15th seed 21-18, 13-21, 21-16 in the third round match which lasted around one hour.

    Parupalli Kashyap (Image Source: Getty Images)

    Prannoy, the fourth seed, defeated 10th seed Wei Nan of Hong Kong in straight sets 21-18 21-19. The Indian shuttler will now take on 11th seed Lin Yu Hsien of Chinese Taipei, while Verma will face Lee Cheuk Yiu of Hong Kong.

    H.S. Prannoy (Image Source: Getty Images)

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