Sameer Verma entered the semifinal of the Syed Modi International World Tour Super 300 tournament in Lucknow on Friday. Sameer defeated Zhou Zeqi of China 21-18, 16-21, 21-11 in the men's singles quarterfinal to secure a place in the final four.
Sameer Verma stayed on course for his title defense semifinals with an easy win. Sameer, who won the Swiss Open and Hyderabad Open this year, will square off against Indonesian Chico Aura Dwi Wardoyo in the semifinals.
Sameer Verma reaches SF at #SyedModiInternationalSuper300 after beating Chinese ZhouZheqi 21-18 16-21 21-11!!! Two steps away from #WorldTourFinals While Parupalli Kashyap & B SaiPraneeth go down against their respective opponents!
However, it wasn't all hunky-dory for the Indian contingent. Former two-time champion Parupalli Kashyap lost to Sitthikom Thammasin of Thailand to bow out of the tournament.
Kashyap went down 16-21 19-21 to eighth-seeded Thai Sitthikom Thammasin in the quarterfinal stage of the tourney.
Apart from these two, Saina Nehwal, who claimed a second gold at Commonwealth Games and an Asian Games bronze this season, Saina Nehwal too reached the semifinals with an easy win against former national champion Rituparna Das 21-19 21-14 to set up a meeting with Indonesia's Ruselli Hartawan.
In men's doubles, Satwiksairaj and Chirag Shetty defeated Chinese combination of Ou Xuanyi and Ren Xiangyu 15-21 21-19 21-17 to set up a semifinal clash with London Olympics silver medallists Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen of Denmark.