PV Sindhu, Sameer Verma manage to secure spot in knock-out stage

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PV Sindhu, Sameer Verma manage to secure spot in knock-out stage

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12/15/2018

PV Sindhu continued her impressive run at the ongoing BWF World Tour Finals as she beat American number 12 Beiwen Zhang 21-9 21-15 to secure top spot in Group A and reach the knockout stage. Sameer Verma defeated Thailand's Kantaphon Wangcharoen 21-9 21-18 to secure qualification.

PV Sindhu continued her unbeaten run at the ongoing BWF World Tour Finals in Guangzhou as she topped group A to secure qualification for the knockout stage of the competition. Sindhu defeated American world number 12, Beiwen Zhang, by a scoreline of 21-9, 21-15 in a match in a match that lasted for 35 minutes in what was a one-sided match last night.

"I was down 2-6 initially but I picked up the lead, so after that I was fine," Sindhu, the last edition's runner-up, said after the match.

"I have played a few matches against her after the Indian Open final, so I took it as a fresh match," said the 23-year-old referring to her Indian Open final loss to Zhang at New Delhi early this year. I am happy with the three wins, it is a positive thing. I hope to move forward with the same positivity and do well in the semifinals," Sindhu told PTI.

The Olympic silver medalist won all the three matches of her group and will now face-off against world number eight and 2013 world champion Ratchanok Inthanon of Thailand in the semis of the BWF World Tour Finals.

Meanwhile amongst the men, India’s Sameer Verma also made his way to the semi-finals by beating Thailand's Kantaphon Wangcharoen 21-9 21-18 in a match that went on 44 minutes.

Verma, who lost the competition opener to  world number one and world champion Kento Momota, the Indian bounced back with wins against his other two opponents in Group B.

The Syed Modi champion will now face All England champion and World championship silver medallist Shi Yuqi of China in the semifinals.

"I have played him before at Swiss Open so I knew how to go about it. In the second game I was losing so after some advice from my coach, I kept my patience and now I am ready to play the semifinals. It has been a great experience playing my first world tour finals," Sameer said after the win in China last night.

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