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Sameer Verma vs Artem Pochtarov Bitburger Open Quarter-finals Live Updates Online

Updated: 04 November 2016 18:45 IST - Published: 04 November 2016 18:07 IST
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For now, it's goodbye from us. Hope you enjoyed our live coverage. Do join us again when we start our blog for Sourabh Verma's match in a few minutes.

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Sameer Verma is the first one from the Verma family to reach the semi-finals of the 2016 Bitburger Open. Can his brother follow in his footsteps and make it double delight for the Vermas? We have to wait a bit more to know that.

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And he has converted the very first one as he wraps up the match with a 21-14, 21-16 win!!!

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Verma has finally found a way to breach the Pochtarov defence and has jumped to 20-16 with four match points in hand. 

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This continues to be quite a gritty and hard-fought contest. Verma is still in the lead, 17-16.

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Sameer's persistence has paid off and he has wrested control now even though the Ukrainian is still putting up a great fight. Verma is ahead, 13-12. 

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The Ukrainian has cut down on his errors and is playing a lot more consistently now. At the mid-game interval, he is the one who is ahead by a slim margin, 11-10.

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Pochtarov continues to maintain his one point-lead over the Indian. He is currently ahead, 8-7.

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Sameer has closed in now and has made it 5-6. It is just a one-point gap between them now.

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Just like the first game, Pochtarov has once more taken an early lead of 4-2. Can he build on it this time?

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The Ukrainian tried his best and snatched three more points but that is all he could do. Brimming with confidence, Sameer Verma wrapped up the opening game, 21-14

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Pochtarov provided some resistance and managed to win three points as he reduced the gap to 11-17. 

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It has been all Sameer and he is looking extremely confident and unstoppable at the moment. Currently he sits at an advantage of 15-8.

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Since levelling the game, it has been a one-way traffic with the Indian clearly dominating the opener. Verma has jumped to a 9-4 advantage and is absolutely not allowing his opponent to play his natural game. 

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But Sameer is unfazed by it and engages his opponent in long rallies to extract errors from his racquet. The tactic worked and he is back into this match at 4-4.

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The match is under way and it is the lower-ranked Pochtarov who makes a fast start as he surges to a 4-2 lead over the 12th seed.

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Good evening and welcome to the Sportskeeda liveblog of the Bitburger Open quarter-finals. Both the Verma brothers - Sourabh and Sameer are having a good time at this Grand Prix Gold tournament as they aim for semi-final berths. First up is the 12th Sameer Verma who faces the 68th ranked Ukrainian shuttler Artem Pochtarov.