Orleans Open: Sameer Verma reaches semi-final with hard-fought win; Parupalli Kashyap bows out
Sameer Verma emerged as the lone Indian survivor at the Orleans Open World Super 100 tournament after reaching the semifinals with a hard-fought win over local hope Lucas Corvee in men's singles competition.
Orleans: Sameer Verma emerged as the lone Indian survivor at the Orleans Open World Super 100 tournament after reaching the semi-finals with a hard-fought win over local hope Lucas Corvee in men's singles competition.
Top seeded Sameer, who clinched the Swiss Open last month, saw off eighth seeded Corvee 17-21 21-19 21-15 in a battle that lasted an hour and eight minutes at the Palais des sports.
The Indian will face Netherlands' Mark Caljouw, seeded fourth, next.
It turned out to be a disappointing day for fifth seeded Parupalli Kashyap as he lost 18-21 14-21 to third seeded Rasmus Gemke of Denmark.
After battling for 44 minutes, Indian men's doubles pair of Francis Alwin and K Nandagopal also suffered a 21-19 14-21 8-21 loss to third seeded German combo of Mark Lamsfuss and Marvin Emil Seidel.
India will be playing their first-ever Thoams Cup final while Indonesia are 14-time champions.
India beat 14-time Thomas Cup champions Indonesia 3-0 to win the men's team badminton event for the first time. Kidambi Srikanth beat Jonatan Christie in the men's singles.
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