Syed Modi International: Sameer Verma, Saina Nehwal storm into quarter-finals

first_imgDefending champion Sameer Verma kept his hopes of qualifying for the World Tour Finals in Guangzhou alive by reaching the quarter-final of Syed Modi International Super 300 tournament in Lucknow on Thursday.The third seed, who is currently placed 12th in the race to Guangzhou rankings, defeated China’s Zhao Junpeng 22-20, 21-17. He will meet world number 64 Zhou Zeqi, who beat India’s Harsheel Dani earlier today.Meanwhile, three-time champion Saina Nehwal clinched a comfortable win over compatriot Amolika Singh Sisodiya. The former world number one face eighth-seeded compatriot Rituparna Das, who beat fellow Indian Shruti Mundada 21-11, 21-15 in a one-sided clash.Good win today..21-14 and 21-9 … tomorrow quaterfinals #syedmodiinternationalbadmitonchampionship2018 #Lucknow #lndiasuper300 pic.twitter.com/A9kX6nQf7NSaina Nehwal (@NSaina) November 22, 2018Two-time champion Parupalli Kashyap was made to work hard by Indonesia’s Firman Abdul Kholik as the Indian shuttler needed three games to book a clash with eighth-seeded Sitthikom Thammasin of Thailand.Sai Praneeth progresses, Subhankar Dey crashes outB Sai Praneeth, seeded 4th, brushed aside Indonesia’s Shesar Hiren Rhustavito 21-12, 21-10 and will take on China’s Lu Guangzu, seeded sixth, ended the run of Saarlorlux champion Subhankar Dey with a 21-13, 21-10 win.Also read: Syed Modi International Day 1 round-upIn women’s singles, Sai Uttejitha Rao Chukka also notched up a 21-12, 21-15 win over compatriot Reshma Karthik 21-12, 21-15. She will square off against former Olympic champion Li Xuerui, seeded 7th.Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Ashwini Ponnappa also entered the last eight by defeating compatriots Shivam Sharma and Poorvisha S Ram 12-21, 21-14, 21-15 in a mixed doubles match.advertisement(With inputs from PTI)last_img