Tokyo Olympics 2020: Four years from quarter-final run in Rio, Kidambi Srikanth's chances of qualification are fading quickly
There are simply not enough tournaments left for Srikanth to collect the 8,000+ points required to overtake Gemke and finish in the top-16, even if he puts in a late gallop and finishes among the medals at these competitions
Syed Modi International 2018: How Sameer Verma overcame Lu Guangzu to clinch title, qualify for World Tour finals
Sameer Verma is one of the rare breeds of shuttlers like Anthony Sinisuka Ginting, Kidambi Srikanth and Lee Chong Wei who take control of the forecourt while attacking and dive left, right and center to defend a barrage of half-smashes coming from the other end.
LISTEN: Full script of Episode 89 of Spodcast where we discuss India's win over Australia, Sameer Verma's Syed Modi title and more
Here's the full script of Episode 89, where we discuss Virat Kohli's excellent knock against Australia, Sameer Verma's performance at Syed Modi International and more.
Firstpost Spodcast Episode 89: Virat Kohli leads India to victory, Sameer Verma defends Syed Modi International title and more
Virat Kohli leads India to victory against Australia, Sameer Verma wins Syed Modi International final — we discuss these stories and more on Episode 89 of Spodcast.
Syed Modi International 2018: Sameer Verma lone Indian winner at event; Saina Nehwal tamed by Chinese teenager Han Yue
Sameer Verma’s successful defence of his Syed Modi International men’s singles title was the sole saving grace on the final day of the World Tour Super 300 badminton championships
Syed Modi International 2018: Sameer Verma gets better of Lu Guangzu in thrilling three-game encounter to retain title
Sameer Verma from Madhya Pradesh showed immaculate defence and a never-say-die attitude to eke out a 16-21, 21-19, 21-14 win in the finals against 22-year-old Lu, who has won the Australian Open and Canada Open this year.
Syed Modi International 2018: Sameer Verma to take on Lu Guangzu in title clash, Indian players make four finals
The third-seeded Sameer Verma appeared in command throughout the 57-minute long tussle against Wardoyo, who had been promoted from the qualifying ranks.
Syed Modi International 2018: Saina Nehwal, Sameer Verma see off determined opponents to reach finals
Saina Nehwal, seeded second, prevailed over another Indonesian Ruselli Hartawan 12-21, 21-7, 21-6 to set up a clash with China's Han Yue.
Syed Modi International 2018: Sameer Verma, Saina Nehwal and Parupalli Kashyap enter quarter-final with contrasting wins
Defending champion Sameer Verma and former champions Saina Nehwal and Parupalli Kashyap progressed to the quarterfinals of the Syed Modi International World Super Tour 300 with contrasting victories