World No. 10 Srikanth, who clinched the Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold at Lucknow in January this year, struggled past qualifier Erik Meijs of The Netherlands 15-21, 21-6, 21-16 in a 48-minute match at RWE Sporthalle. The sixth seed will take on World No. 16 NG Ka Long Angus of Hong Kong, seeded 12th, in the next round.

Commonwealth Games champion Kashyap, on the other hand, hardly broke any sweat as he zoomed past Irish qualifier Joshua Magee 21-12, 21-11 in another match. The 11th seeded Indian, who is making a comeback after recovering from a series of injuries, will face Korea's Son Wan Ho, seeded eighth next.

It was however end of the road for young Sameer Verma as his fierce battle ended with a narrow 21-8, 19-21, 19-21 loss against Korea's Lee Dong Keun, seeded 15th.

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