India’s ace badminton player Sameer Verma has booked a berth at the HSBC BWF World Tour Finals 2018 in Guangzhou by winning the final qualifying event – the Syed Modi International Badminton Championship in Lucknow.
Verma went into the Syed Modi International with a must-win scenario. The Indian was placed 12th in the Race to Guangzhou rankings and was 6680 points behind the eighth-placed Kenta Nishimoto of Japan before the tournament began. The title win gave him 7000 points and catapulted him to 7th position with cumulative 66,620 points on the BWF World Tour rankings, according to the rankings released by the BWF.
Sameer Verma did not have an easy draw at the Syed Modi championship, and to his praise, came out with flying colors, surviving three-game duels in his last 3 matches. He got past compatriot Siril Verma in the first round; Zhao Junpeng of China in the second round; Zhou Zeqi of China in the quarterfinals; Chico Aura Dwi Wardoyo of Indonesia in the semifinals, and, finally, Lu Guangzhou of China. In the summit clash, Verma overcame the loss of the opening game to beat Lu Guangzhou 16-21 21-19 21-14.
Thailand’s Suppanyu Avihingsanon, who was lurking in Sameer’s close range just before the tournament at the 11th position with 60,070 points lost the last tournament of the year, Korea Masters taking place in Gwangju, Korea in the first round and thus, cleared the Indian’s way.
The Top 8 ranked men’s singles, who have qualified for the year-end premier tournament are
Tien Chen Chou
Wan Ho Son
Anthony Sinisuka Ginting
Earlier, Women shuttler, PV Sindhu had already made it to the Women’s Top 8 after finishing at 6th position with 72,620 points and qualified for the premier event.
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