His elder brother, Sourabh, also won, making it a great day for the Verma family. The reigning national champion triumphed 21-13, 21-16 over countryman HS Prannoy, who is ranked 26thpresently, 15 places above Sourabh.
The Indian men have already been making noise in the tournament. Sameer Verma, the Syed Modi International men’s singles champion played a sensational match in the first round to stun the fourth seed and World No. 5 Son Wan Ho of Korea, 21-17, 21-10 in 45 minutes.