Sameer Verma in quarterfinals of Vietnam Open Grand Prix badminton
Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam): Sameer Verma overcome Shreyansh Jaiswal to advance to the men's singles quarterfinals but the Indian mixed pair of Arun Vishnu and Aparna Balan lost at the USD 50,000 Vietnam Open Grand Prix badminton here yesterday.
It was also curtains for the men's doubles duo of Akshay Dewalkar and Pranaav Jerry Chopra, who meekly surrendered 21-12 21-14 in just 35 minutes, to Kaixiang Huang and Sijie Wang of China.
Verma upstaged Jaiswal 20-22 26-24 21-17 after battling it out for one hour and eight minutes. The pairing Vishnu and Balan lost to Indonesian duo of Alfian Eko Prasetya and Annisa Saufika 9-21 20-22 in just half an hour.
Yeterday, big names of India badminton -- Ajay Jayaram, B Sai Praneeth and R M V Gurusaidutt -- lost in their respective men's singles second round matches to bow out of the tournament.