Sole Survivor Sameer Verma lost in Semi-Finals at the Orleans Open 2018

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Swetha Reddy Image Courtesy: Badminton Photo 02 Apr, 2018

Top seeded Sameer Verma lost in the semi-finals match at the Orleans Open, the World Super 100 tournament, against the fourth seeded Mark Caljouw of Netherlands with 21-18, 13-21, 12-21 on Saturday.

The sole survivor in the semi-finals at the tournament, Sameer, lost the stride after winning the first game.

First game was the hard fought play, which was neck-to-neck for both the players till 8-8. By the breather, Sameer was with 3-point advantage and somehow was caught at 16-16. Trailed at 18-17, the Indian scored five straight points to seal the game.

The next two games were not in the control of the Indian, who was almost thrashed by Mark.

Previously, in the quarter-finals match, the Swiss Open winner Sameer, saw off the eighth-seeded Corvee 17-21, 21-19, 21-15 in a battle that lasted for 68 minutes.

It was disappointing for the fifth seeded Parupalli Kashyap as he ousted to the third-seeded Rasmus Gemke of Denmark in the straight games with 18-21, 14-21 of quarters.

Indian men’s doubles pair, Francis Alwin and Kidambi Nandagopal also suffered the loss with 21-19, 14-21, 8-21 to the third seeded German duo Mark Lamsfuss and Marvin Emil Seidel on Friday.

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