Unseeded Sourabh Varma’s fairtytale performance continued as he knocked another seeded player to enter the finals of Bitburger Badminton Open 2016 at Saarbrucken, Germany. India’s historic rare feat of two Indians in the finals of one event failed to happen as 12th seed Sameer Verma’s defiance finally ended in the semifinal as he lost to 4th seed Yuqi Shi after a tough fight. Can The Taipei Masters Champion become the 4th Indian to win Bitburger Open title, second after Chetan Anand in Men’s Singles?
Past Indian Title Winners at Bitburger
At Bitburger Open, Indians have won three titles.
Chetan Anand won Men’s Singles Title in 2008.
Jwala Gutta and Diji Valiyaveetil won Mixed Doubles title in 2008.
Rupesh Kumar and Sanave Thomas won Men’s Double title in 2009.
Sourabh Varma def 15th seed Anders Antonsen (Denmark) 21-15 21-18 in 39 minutes.
Sameer Verma lost to 4th seed Yuqi Shi (China) 21-18 21-15 in 37 minutes
In the Men’s Singles final on Sunday, Sourabh Varma is scheduled to play at 8 p.m. IST. They have met once before in Syed Modi International Badminton Championships 2016 January where Sourabh lost 12-21 23-21 12-21
Road to Final for Sourabh Varma
- 1st Round: Def Qualifier Gendit 21-16 21-11
2nd Round: Def 14th seed Song Xue (China) 16-9 Retired Hurt
3rd Round: Def 6th seed Mustofa (Indonesia) 21-1122-20
Quarterfinals: Def 3rd seed Marc Zwiebler 21-15 16-21 21-15
Semifinals: Def 15th seed Anders Antonsen (Denmark) 21-15 21-18 i