Sourabh, seeded fourth in the qualifiers, first defeated Thailand’s Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk 21-15 21-19 before getting the better of Lucas Claerbout of France 21-19 21-19 in the final qualifying round.
Srikanth has not been in his best form this year. Apart from reaching the finals of India Open in March, the Indian has failed to produce a quality result. He also slipped out of the top 10 male shuttler’s ladder of the BWF Rankings and is currently placed 13th on the list. He will be looking to emulate his 2017 form when he won four titles.
The 26-year old have the 2019 Fuzhou China Open a miss earlier this month, after having lost in the first round of the 2019 French Open in October this year.
Sourabh is the fourth male Indian shuttler to move to the second round of this year’s event to join Srikanth, Parupalli Kashyap and Prannoy H. S. In a bid to clinch his first Super 500 title, Sourabh will be looking to go past his compatriot and in the process, improve his 38th rank in the BWF rankings.