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New Zealand Open 2018, Men's Singles Quarterfinal: Sameer Verma vs Lin Dan, Live Updates

Lin Dan wraps it up 21-19, 21-9 to enter the semi-finals.
Updated: 04 May 2018 13:53 IST - Published: 04 May 2018 11:50 IST
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Goodbye!
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With Verma's loss, third seed Sai Praneeth remains the only Indian still alive in the draw. Sai faces the second seed Jonatan Christie in the semi-finals.
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While the first game was up and down as the lead kept on switching sides, the second game was a one-man show. Lin Dan was utterly dominant throughout Game 2 and blew away all hopes of a comeback for Verma.
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Lin Dan wraps this up 21-19, 21-9 to enter the semi-finals.
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20-9 to Dan now
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It's 19-9 to Dan now as he inches closer to the finish line
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Sameer is fluffing whatever little chance he has been getting.

Dan slips and falls, leaving the court wide open...still Verma failed to put away the shuttle
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A long rally ends on a Dan lob that lands the shuttle right on the backline.

17-9 to Dan
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One point for the Indian, but by now the Chinese has gone up to 16-7
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Verma can't find his range at all in this game..yet another time he dumps the shuttle into the net.

He trails 6-13
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Still 6 points difference between the two as Dan leads 12-6
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It's 11-5 to Dan heading into the mid-game interval.
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A couple of errors from Dan now

Sameer trails 5-10
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Remember Verma made a great comeback in Game 1 from this point. Can he do a repeat?
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Sameer tried to prolong the rallies but Dan kept on attacking his backhand.

It's 10-3 to Dan
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It's 8-3 to the Chinese now...totally in control of this game at the moment
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Verma finally stops the Dan march and gets a couple of points.

He trails 3-6
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Dan has gone up 6-1. Verma is left searching frantically for a Plan B.
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4-1 to the Chinese
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Lin Dan is now relentless! Going for body smashes!
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2 points in a row for the Chinese and he is up 2-1
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First point to Sameer in Game 2
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He had a huge lead and then relinquished it to Sameer, but the Chinese showed in the end why he is one of the greats of the game.
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Dan showed his huge experience as he takes the first game 21-19 with a delicate drop.
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Game point for the Chinese!

20-19
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It's a down the line winner from the Indian!

19-19
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5 points on the trot for the Chinese!

19-18
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Sameer attempted a dropshot off his backhand at the net but failed.

It's all level!

18-18
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Now the former World No. 1 gets a couple of points to reduce the deficit.

He trails 16-18
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Sameer increases the gap between them further.

18-14
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Another point goes to the Indian and he leads 17-14
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This has been a very good recovery from the Indian so far. He trailed 4-10 at one point.
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And he extends his lead further to 16-13
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Verma keeps hold of his two-point advantage over the Chinese!

15-13
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What a deadly drop by Verma from the back-court!

Sameer up 14-12
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A sharp smash down the line by Lin Dan!

They are back to being even!

12-12
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Verma still keeps his nose in front.

12-10
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It's 11-10 to Verma going into the midgame break.
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Verma has levelled matters now!

10-10
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His variation is putting Lin Dan off guard!

Verma 9-10
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Sameer is finding the corners very well now.

8-10
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A few errors continue to trouble the Chinese.

Sameer now trails 6-10
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Another point goes to the Indian.

5-10
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A long rally goes in favour of the Indian.

Verma 4-10 now
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9-3 to Dan.

He is firmly in control of the proceedings now.
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7-3 now

Dan looks to have found his touch and poise.
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It's 6-3 to Lin Dan
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Again 2 points go in favour of the Chinese and he is up 5-3
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It's 3-3
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3 points on the trot for the Chinese and he snatches the lead.

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