Bitburger Open 2016: Another Rare Feat as Two Indians Reach Men’s Singles Semifinals

Sourabh Varma and Sameer Verma have added another historic feat to Indian Badminton’s rise as both reached the semifinals of Bitburger Open 2016 at Germany. It is very rare that two Indians reach the semifinals of same event in an International tournament. After Saina Nehwal, Srikanth Kidambi and PV Sindhu took Indian Badminton to World stage, new feats are achieved by Indian Shuttlers. Whether it is Mixed Doubles team or Men’s Doubles winning championships or many other Men’s and Women’s shuttler winning different tournaments. Tomorrow, they play the semifinal and if they manage to create further upsets, an International tournament will see two Indians in final of same event for the first time. Will India win 4th title at Bitburger?

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.

Schedule for Semifinals
Both will play their opponents first time.

    5.30 IST Unseeded Sourabh Varma vs 15th seed Antonsen (Denmark)
    7.15 IST 12th seed Sameer Verma vs 4th seed Yuqi Shi (China)

Road to Semifinals
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

Sameer Verma

    1st Round: Def Alexander (Germany) 21-11 21-11
    2nd Round: Def Heino (Finland) 21-10 21-16
    3rd Round: Def Kieran (Scotland) 21-17 21-17
    Qquarterfinals: Def Artem (Ukraine) 21-14 21-16

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