Mary Kom had opted out of the Asian Championships last month in order to prepare for the World Championships as the event will serve as good preparatory ground for Olympic qualification."I have been preparing well for 51kg category," she said.
Though the Frenchman had beaten the three-time Olympic silver medallist previously – at the Denmark Open the year before – this was the World Championships where the cream comes out on top. But Leverdez had not read that script.
Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy notched up a stunning straight-game win over world no 18 Li Wenmei and Zheng Yu to make it to the second round of women's doubles competition at USD 350,000 India Open.