Friday, April 29, 2011

Guru, Verma in quarters of India Open

RMV Guru Sai Dutt and Sourabh Verma kept the Indian flag flying high at the end of the 3rd day at the Yonex Sunrise India Open Super Series 2011 badminton tournament being held at Siri Fort Complex in New Delhi in India.

This is the first time that a super-series event is being held in the country, since till the last year the India Open was a Grand Prix category event and got a SS status for the first time this year.

Guru Sai Dutt and Sourabh played beyond spectator expectations, reaching the quarterfinals of the tournament even as celebrated players such as Saina Nehwal and the pair of Jwala Gutta-Ashwini Ponnappa could not make much of a mark at this tourney.

In the first round, Guru beat World No.5 and 4th seeded Boonsak Ponsana of Thailand 22-20, 18-21, 21-19 in what was a major upset of the first round. He then went on to defeat Yuhan Tan of Belarus in the second round by a score of 21-13, 14-21, 21-13 to reach the quarterfinals.

Sourabh Verma who started the tournament as a qualifier, defeated Sony Dwi Kuncoro of Indonesia in the first round of the main draw 21-18, 21-19. He followed this win with another great performance beating 7th seeded Kenichi Tago of Japan in the 2nd round to book a place in the quarterfinals, his best ever performance to date. He will now take on World No.1 Lee Chong Wei in his next match of this India Open-2011 superseries event.


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