Sunday, February 20, 2011

Sameer Verma wins boys singles u-19 title

Sameer Verma, currently India Junior #1, won the Boys singles under-19 badminton title at the recently concluded Shree Ganga Dham All India Junior Ranking Badminton Tournament, Haridwar-2011.

Sameer Verma, who hails from Dhar in Madhya Pradesh, defeated 3rd seeded Rohit Yadav C. 21-13, 21-18 in the finals.

Verma who started out as the top seed in the tournament, justified his top billing by winning the title. He had a smooth run in the tournament & the only match where he was stretched to 3 sets was in the semi-finals against 4th seed Srikanth K.

Sameer's results from this Haridwar Junior Ranking tournament are as below:

First round:         Sameer Verma (AI) defeated Ketan Chahal 21-10, 21-12
Second round:    Sameer Verma (AI) defeated Abhishek Yeligar with an identical score 21-10, 21-12
Quarter-Finals:   Sameer Verma (AI) defeated 5th seed Vijetha N.V.S. 21-11, 21-10
Semi-Finals:       Sameer Verma (AI) defeated 4th seed Srikanth K. 19-21 21-15 21-10
Final Match:       Sameer Verma (AI) defeated 4th seed Rohit Yadav C. 21-13 21-18

While Sameer Verma is currently India's top rated Junior player, his elder brother Sourabh Verma is currently the Senior India No.1 as per the latest Indian National Rankings.

And to their credit, both the brothers are justifying their rankings by performing well at the Ranking tournaments. While Sameer has won this junior ranking tournament at Haridwar, Saurabh Verma won the Senior Ranking tournament that was held at Atul in Gujarat recently.

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