Indian players in the quarter finals of Hong Kong open

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Indian Badminton players Kidambi Srikanth and Sameer Verma paved their way to the quarterfinals of the Hong Kong Open World Tour Super 500 tournament in Kowloon on Thursday.

Srikanth who won a silver medal in the Commonwealth Games, 2018 defeated fellow Indian player H S Prannoy. The final score was 18-21 30-29 21-18. 

In the next match he will be playing against either Japan's Kenta Nishimoto or Thailand's Kantaphon Wangcharoen.

Sameer's opponent, Olympic champion Chen Long backed out of the tournament due to an injury. He will be playing against either Denmark's Hans-Kristian Solberg Vittinghus or local hope Lee Cheuk Yiu on Friday. 

The mixed doubles pair of pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Ashwini Ponnappa lost 17-21 11-21 to Chinese Taipei's Lee Yang and Hsu Ya Ching to bow out of the tournament.

Both Srikanth and Prannoy are the players of Pulella Gopichand academy. Prannoy defeated  Srikanth at the Senior National final last year, lost this time in Hong Kong Open.

With Inputs from Agency

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