Gwangju (South Korea): India’s Kidambi Srikanth (pictured) and Sameer Verma advanced to the second round of the Korea Masters World Tour Super 300 badminton tournament on Wednesday (November 20).

The sixth seed Srikanth defeated Hong Kong's Wong Wing Ki Vincent 21-18 21-17 in the match that lasted 37 minutes.

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The former world no. 1 Srikanth now enjoys a dominant 11-3 head-to-head record over the Hong Kong shuttler. He will face Kanta Tsuneyama of Japan in the second round.

Verma also reached the second round after his opponent Japan's Kazumasa Sakai retired midway with the score reading 11-8 in favour of the Indian.

However, it was end of the road for Sourabh Verma, who went down after winning the first game to local favourite Kim Donghun 21-13 12-21 13-21.

Sameer will take on Donghun in the second round.

Last week, Srikanth had lost in the semi-finals of the Hong Kong Open. He had squandered five game points in the second game against local favourite Cheuk Yiu Lee.

(With inputs from PTI)