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Denmark Open 2018 Men's Singles: Kidambi Srikanth vs Sameer Verma Live score & Updates | 19th October 2018

Srikanth def Sameer Verma 22-20, 19-21, 23-21 to enter semi-finals.
Updated: 20 October 2018 00:25 IST - Published: 19 October 2018 20:58 IST
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Srikanth is through to the semi-finals of the Denmark Open!
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  Final score: Srikanth def Sameer Verma 22-20, 19-21, 23-21


It took 78 minutes!!!
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And Srikanth wins this!!!!

23-21 in the final game!
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Third match point for Srikanth.

22-21
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Verma saves it again!

21-21
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21-20 for Srikanth now
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It's 20-20
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Srikanth gets a match point but Sameer saves it!
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And we are back to all level!

19-19
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The gap is narrowing but Verma is still in control.

Verma up 18-16
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Verma growing in confidence and now leads 17-13
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Verma now goes up to 15-13
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Things are getting tighter here.

Verma leads barely, at 13-12 
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It's 12-9 for Verma now
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Verma is up 11-7 at the time of the interval.
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Points are coming fast and furious for the Swiss Open champion.


Sameer leads 10-7
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It's 8-7 for Verma now
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Verma has now wrested away the momentum from his higher ranked compatriot

5-4
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Sameer takes the next two points!

Srikanth up 3-2
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It's 3-0 for Srikanth in the decider!
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We have a decider!
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Verma takes it!

21-19
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Two game points for Verma now!

20-18
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And 18-18 now
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The rallies have become longer! 
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17-17
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And it is back to level!


16-16
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Verma takes a couple of points.

He trails 14-16
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And 15-11 now.
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It's 13-11 for Srikanth now.
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But Srikanth stops him right there!

11-9 lead for Srikanth at the time of the interval.
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Again Verma shows his excellent fighting skills!

9-9
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Srikanth is slowly building a lead.

He is up 9-7.
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Sameer keeps coming back.

But Srikanth is still ahead at 7-6
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Srikanth has broken away from the tie and has taken a mini one-point lead at 6-5
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And they move to 4-4
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It's tough to choose between the two at the moment.

Evenly poised at 3-3
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It's 2-2 in the second game
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Srikanth shows a strong display of determination to stave off the Verma challenge and take the first game 22-20


What a game that was!
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Verma saves two game points!

20-20
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Srikanth has game points now.

20-18
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Verma is engaging Srikanth into long rallies again.

Srikanth now leading 19-18
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It's 19-16 for Srikanth!

Inching closer towards bagging the game!
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This a fightback of the highest order from Srikanth!!!

He has bagged FIVE points in a row and has now gone up to 18-15
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And the fighter in Srikanth rises again!

It's on level terms again!

15-15
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Verma now leads 15-13
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Srikanth has noticeably slowed down since Sameer picked up pace.

Srikanth trailing 12-14 
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Suddenly Sameer has the upper hand in this battle!

Playing with poise and precision!

Verma up 13-11
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Verma takes 3 points on the trot and goes up to 11-10 at the midgame interval.
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But Sameer won't give up!

He makes it 10-10