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French Open 2021: Dhruv Kapila/Sikki Reddy and Sameer Verma in action — Scores, Updates, Live Blog

Catch all the LIVE badminton action from Day 1 of the French Open as Indian shuttlers open their campaign.

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Sameer Verma (Source: BWF)


Sohinee Basu

Updated: 26 Oct 2021 1:50 PM GMT

The French Open 2021 begins today in full force at the Stade Pierre de Coubertin in Paris, France. Indian badminton star Sameer Verma will be in action today in the First Round match against Lee Dong Keun. Verma recently defeated Anders Antonsen at the Denmark Open 2021 and will be looking to continue that momentum. Meanwhile, there will also be Mixed Doubles action with Dhruv Kapila and N. Sikki Reddy joining forces against fifth seeded Malaysian duo of Chan Peng Soon and Goh Liu Ying.

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Live Updates

  • 26 Oct 2021 1:50 PM GMT

    That's all for today!

    Two matches is all we had from India at the French Open 2021 today. While Dhruv Kapila and Sikki Reddy lost in straight games, Sameer Verma continued his wonderful run of form to enter the next round.

    Do join in for our LIVE coverage tomorrow as the remaining Indian stars take the court. Thank you for joining in. See you tomorrow!

  • 26 Oct 2021 1:47 PM GMT

    Sameer Verma WINS!

    And he converts it without dropping a single point. Sameer Verma beats South Korea's Lee Dong Keun 21-14, 21-12 in 54 minutes and advances to the next round!

    This was brilliant from Verma considering he had lost both the previous encounters with Lee.

  • 26 Oct 2021 1:46 PM GMT


    Sameer Verma leads 20-12 and it is just a matter of time now. 8 Match Points for India.

  • 26 Oct 2021 1:39 PM GMT

    5-point lead

    Sameer Verma now has a 5-point lead at 15-10. This should be more than enough to wrap up this match, I feel. 

  • 26 Oct 2021 1:37 PM GMT


    Consecutive points post the break for Sameer and he has just strengthened his hold over this match.

  • 26 Oct 2021 1:33 PM GMT

    Advantage, Sameer!

    Lee Dong Kuen is trying his best to hang on. But, Sameer has managed to thwart off all the threats until now. The Indian leads 11-8 at the mid-game break - the same margin as in the first game.

  • 26 Oct 2021 1:29 PM GMT


    Sameer is just cruising along now. Lee has no idea what is happening. The Indian leads 8-4. Will this be enough to win this match?

  • 26 Oct 2021 1:19 PM GMT

    Sameer leads in Game 2

    The second game has started and Sameer Verma has taken a 2-0 lead. Will he be able to close this off? Or will this go into a decider like both the previous meetings between this pair has?

  • 26 Oct 2021 1:17 PM GMT


    Sameer Verma takes the first game 21-14 in 24 minutes. Though it was a long game, Verma never looked in any kind of trouble and it was just a formality after he had an 11-8 lead at the mid-game break.

  • 26 Oct 2021 1:16 PM GMT


    Sameer Verma has upped his game and Lee has no answers. The Indian is 20-14 up with 6 game points!

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