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Shuttler Sourabh Verma reaches semis in Vietnam

India shuttler Sourabh Verma overcame home favourite, Tien Minh Nguyen 21-13 21-18 in a 43-minute clash, to advance to men's semis of Vietnam open BWF tour super 100 tournament; will face Japan's Minoru Koga.

Shuttler Sourabh Verma reaches semis in Vietnam

India shuttler Sourabh Verma got the better of home favourite Tien Minh Nguyen to enter the men's singles semi-final at the Vietnam Open BWF Tour Super 100 tournament in Ho Chi Minh City.

Sourabh beat Tien Minh 21-13 21-18 in a 43-minute clash on Friday to set up a semifinal clash against Japan's Minoru Koga, who beat Thailand's sixth seed Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk 21-13, 21-18 later in the day.

Verma, the reigning national champion, got a bye in the first round and beat Japan's Kodai Naraoka 22-20, 22-20 in the second. He became the lone Indian left in the tournament following the ouster of Siril Verma and Shubhankar Dey earlier on Thursday.

Sourabh raced to a 4-1 lead early on and kept his foot on the pedal to reach the interval leading 11-6. He continued in the same vein to record a straight forward win in the first game. The second game was a more level affair and it was Tien Minh who held a slended lead of 11-10 at the interval.

Sourabh then stormed to a 17-12 lead before the Vietnamese narrowed the lead down to 19-18. Sourabh kept his cool and did not allow his opponent to score any more points after that.

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