Syed Modi International Badminton Championships 2018: Saina Nehwal, Sameer Verma storm into finals

Updated: Nov 25, 2018, 10:52 IST | Agencies | Lucknow

In men's singles event, defending champion Sameer Verma had to work hard to notch up a 21-13, 17-21, 21-8 win over his Indonesian counterpart Chico Aura Dwi Wardoyo

Saina Nehwal
Saina Nehwal

Former champions Saina Nehwal and Sameer Verma stormed into the finals of the Syed Modi International Badminton Championships 2018 on Saturday.

From a game down, Nehwal, the winner of the tournament's 2009, 2014 and 2015 editions, revived her drive to defeat Ruselli Hartawan of Indonesia 12-21, 21-7, 21-6 to book her place in the summit clash.

In men's singles event, defending champion Sameer Verma had to work hard to notch up a 21-13, 17-21, 21-8 win over his Indonesian counterpart Chico Aura Dwi Wardoyo.

Nehwal will take on Han Yue of China, while Verma will next meet Lu Guangzu of China on November 25. In the mixed doubles event, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Ashwini Ponnappa lost to China's Ou Xuanyi and Feng Xueying as they conceded a 12-21, 21-18, 19-21 defeat in the game. However, Ashwini, along with Sikki Reddy beat Russians Ekaterina Bolotova and Alina Davletova in the women's doubles event.

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