Indian shuttler Sameer Verma kept India's hopes alive at the Swiss Open 2018 as he progressed into the semi-finals of the tournament with a stunning victory over Kento Momata. Gurusaidutt, however, was eliminated by Thailand's Kantaphon Wangcharoen, who will face Verma in the semis on Saturday.
Former Japan World number 2 Kento
However, the Indian shuttler, who was seeded at number two for the tournament, had other plans as he proved to be too strong for
In the first game, Verma was toe-to-toe with his counterpart right from the start and opened up a 13-9 lead after he won five consecutive points only for
Momota began the second game in a strong manner and was always ahead of Verma until 15-11. But Sameer went on to win 10 of the next 11 points, quite unbelievably, with two five-point bursts to make
However, the same could not be said about Verma's fellow compatriot and Commonwealth Games bronze medallist R.M.V. Gurusaidutt, who crashed out of the tournament after losing to Wangcharoen in the quarter-finals 8-21, 15-21 in 35 minutes.
Gurusaidutt fell behind 0-3 early on and even though he managed to improve and grab a slender 4-3 lead, his Thai opponent raced to a 10-4 lead in no time to win the opening game with ease. In the second game, Gurusaidutt trailed once again by a scoreline of 3-10 before gradually narrowing the gap to 14-16, but Wangcharoen changed gears to seal the contest without much trouble to seal the win.
Verma will now face Wangcharoen in the semi-final encounter tomorrow.
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