Syed Modi World Tour: Saina, Sameer enter finals

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Lucknow: Indian shuttlers Saina Nehwal and Sameer Verma on Saturday entered the finals of the Syed Modi International World Tour Super 300 here.

Saina registered a 12-21, 21-7, 21-6 win against Ruselli Hartwan of Indonesia. Saina had a slow start against Ruselli in the first game and eventually lost the game at 12-21.

In the second set, Saina won by 21-7 taking the match into the decider. Taking eight consecutive points, Saina wrapped up the final game 21-6.

Defending champion Sameer Verma also qualified for the final after defeating Indonesia’s Chico Aura Dwi Wardoyo 21-13, 17-21, 21-8 in a high voltage match.

While Sameer comfortably won the first set at 21-13, Chico gave a tough challenge in the second game eventually winning the game at 17-21. However, Sameer winning the third game with 21-8 score secured his place in the final.

Men’s pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty also progressed to the finals after defeating Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen of Denmark 22-20, 25-23 in straight games.

However, mixed doubles pair of Ashwini and Satwiksairaj could not progress to the finals after they went down narrowly 12-21, 21-18, 19-21 to the Chinese pair of Ou Xuanyi and Feng Xueying early in the day.

Saina will face Han Yue of China in the final on Sunday and Sameer Verma will face China’s Lu Guangzu in the men’s singles final.

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