BAHRAIN: India’s Sameer Verma, number 11 seed defeated Nguyen Tien Minh, Number one seed in the men’s singles quarter-finals 21-17, 14-21, 9-21 at the 2015 Bahrain International Challenge in Isa Town, Bahrain, on November 5.
In the first game, it was Tien who looked better off and won the first game 21-17. It was in the second where Verma played on of his best badminton game in his career to outwit Tien 14-21 and 9-21.
“He (Tien) is basically a rally player. I realized after losing the first game that I have to finish the points as quickly as possible. I attacked him more and did not give him any chance for long rallies. The move clicked. It was perhaps my most important wins in the international tournaments,” Verma told TOI on Friday.
Rahul Yadav Chittaboina made the dream run of Pratul Joshi look sore with a three-game win in the quarters finals.
Verma will now play against his Gopichand Academy practice partner C Rahul Yadav for a spot in another final.