Indian shuttlers Sameer Verma and Saili Rane made their way to the finals of the Bahrain International Challenge badminton. Sameer made the Indian badminton fans further proud by winning the title whereas Saili had to be content with the runner up position.
Tough path to victory at Bahrain International Challenge
India’s Sameer Verma seeded 11th in the tournament faced a constant uphill battle in the tournament. He faced numerous high ranking shuttlers in his path to glory. The most difficult challenge he faced came in the quarter-final match against the top seed Tien Minh Nguyen from Vietnam.
Facing Nguyen became the toughest challenge for the Indian in the tournament. His quarter-final match is the only match in the tournament where Sameer lost a game. The contest lasted just over an hour and Sameer went down fighting in the opening game 21-17. The next two games came as a shocker for the Vietnamese who was caught off-guard by the Indian and paid a steep price for it. Sameer made his comeback in the winning the remaining two games 21-14 and 21-19.
In the finals Sameer came up against fourth seed Zi Liang Derek Wong of Singapore. The Indian finished the match in less than 30 minutes to win the title.
On the other hand, Saili Rane could not manage to win her final against fifth seed Nitchaon Jindapol of Thailand. The Indian lost in straight games but not without giving her seeded opponent a run for her money. Saili suffered 22-24, 10-21 defeat to settle for the silver medal in the tournament.
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