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Bitburger Open: Brothers Sourabh and Sameer Verma advance to quarters in singles competition

Saarbrucken: The Verma brothers -- Sourabh and Sameer -- notched up straight-game wins to advance to the quarterfinals of the men's singles competition at the $120,000 Bitburger Open Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament here.

File image of Sourabh and Sameer Verma. Image credit: Facebook/sourabh.verma.391

File image of Sourabh and Sameer Verma. Image credit: Facebook/sourabh.verma.391

Sourabh staved off a challenge from Indonesia's Ihsan Maulana Mustofa, seeded sixth, in the second game to register a 21-11 22-20 victory, while 12th seed Sameer dumped Scotland's Kieran Merrilees 21-17 21-17 in another men's singles match.

Sourabh, who had won the Chinese Taipei Open recently, will next take on experienced World No. 13 Marc Zwibler of Germany, while younger brother Sameer will face Ukraine's Artem Pochtarov in the next round.

In mixed doubles, Prajakta Sawant and her Malaysian partner Yogendran Khrishnan lost 15-21 11-21 to fourth-seeded Malaysian combo of Kian Meng Tan and Pei Jing Lai.

In the first game, Sourabh didn't face much resistance as he slowly and steadily marched towards his goal after opening up a slender lead early on. But the second game became a hard-fought affair when the Indonesian turned the tables on the Indian, who was leading 13-9 at one stage.

Ihsan fought back from 12-16 down to lead 17-16 but Sourabh ensured he had the last laugh in the 42-minute clash.

In a 39-minute clash, Sameer had to toil hard as despite his slender 7-5 lead in the opening game, Kieran kept breathing down his neck. The Indian finally broke off at 13-13 and never looked back.

In the second game, Sameer found himself lagging 7-10 and 14-16 at various stages but he fought back to shut the door on his rival.

Updated Date: Nov 04, 2016 13:30 PM

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