With all the seeded Indian players crashing out from the Syed Modi International Badminton Championships, Sourabh Verma remains as the last standing man in Lucknow. Verma, who has had a decent run this year has played surprisingly well in this tournament and tamed many a dangerous threat to make it to the semi-finals over at Babu Banarasi Das Indoor Stadium.
The 25-year-old boy from Dhar put up an inspired performance against Thailand's Kunlavut Vitidsarn in his quarter-final clash with him. Vitidsarn, who is no more than 18 years of age had previously ousted Rahul Yadav Chittaboina and then, B. Sai Praneeth to finally meet Verma for the quarters. A three-time Junior World Champion and the reigning Asian Junior Champion, the Thai player's journey in Lucknow was brought to an end by Verma. In 40 minute clash, Verma got the better off Vitidsarn 21-19, 21-16.
The winner of two Super 100 series this year in Hyderabad and Vietnam, Sourabh Verma has looked composed and collected throughout the tournament. His challenge for the semis comes in the form of Korean Heo Kwang Hee. The 24-year-old player from Korea will try and stop Verma from getting past him today but given Verma's form, it seems highly possible that the opposite will happen. With India's remaining hope in men's singles banking on Sourabh Verma, he will have a lot to do in today's semifinal to make it to the last two.
Here's all you need to know about the
Tournament: Syed Modi International Badminton Championships 2019
Category: Super 300
Prize Money: US$150,000
Venue: Babu Banarasi Das Indoor Stadium, Lucknow, India
Dates: November 24 - December 1, 2019
Time: Sourabh Verma v Heo Kwang Hee not before 2:00 P.M IST on 30th November 2019
Where to watch the matches in India?
The Syed Modi Badminton matches will be telecast live on Star Sports 1 and Star Sports 1 HD from the semi-final onwards.
Live stream details
Live Stream will be available on Hotstar.com.