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Gurusaidutt, Saurabh and Sameer into pre-quarters at the Swiss Open 2018

By: Swetha
Date: 22 Feb, 2018
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RMV Gurusaidutt, Sourabh Verma and Sameer Verma from men’s singles cruised into the next round at the Super 300 World Tour event, the Swiss Open badminton tournament on Wednesday.

Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Gurusaidutt, who overcame ankle injury that has been bothering him since very long, outplayed third seeded Ygor Coelho of Brazil with 21-16, 21-11.

Trailing in the first game, Guru caught Ygor at 12-12 and scored three straight points at 18-16 to save the game, followed by the easy win in the second game and registered his berth for the next round.

Later, Sourabh defeated Misha Zilberman of Israel with 21-11, 21-18. Saving the whooping of 12 straight points in the first game, Saurabh trailed his opponent with 12-0 and went down the wire to win the game. In the second game, the script is little different, where the Indian trailed by 8-17, followed by scoring 12 straight points to make the score 20-17 to his advantage and won the game with 21-18.

While his brother Sameer overcame France's Thomas Rouxel 22-20, 21-10 in another opening round men's singles match.

Sameer will face Japan's Yu Igarashi, while Sourabh and Guru will face off in an all Indian second-round clash.

It was a little tough for Sai Uttejitha Rao in the women’s singles match, who encountered the neck-to-neck match against the German Yvonne Li, but had easy win in the second game. Uttejitha defeated Li with 25-23, 21-16 in the 32-minute encounter. The Indian willface the Japanese Minatsu Mitani in the next round.

Meanwhile, Abhishek Yelegar lost 14-21, 13-21 to England's top seed Rajiv Ouseph while Sri Krishna Priya Kudaravalli, Riya Mukherjee and Vaishnavi Reddy Jakka failed to cross the opening hurdle in women's singles.

In the doubles event, Nandagopal Kidambi and Francis Alwin will be directly playing in the pre-quarters, will face Mathias Boe, the top seeded, and Carsten Mogensen of Denmark.

Another men’s doubles duo, Arjun M. R. with Ramachandran Shlok defeated Po Lo-Wei and Yang Ming-Tse of Taipei with 21-17, 14-21, 21-15 to face Jones Ralfy and Jansen Josche Zurwonne in the next round. While, the latter defeated the Indians Brijesh Yadav and Kapil Chaudhary 21-8, 21-15 on Wednesday.

The tournament will have its finals on 25 February.

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