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Sourabh Varma vs Kento Horiuchi Chinese Taipei Masters quarter-finals Live Updates Online

Updated: 14 October 2016 11:23 IST - Published: 14 October 2016 10:42 IST
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Varma has a tough task up next as he faces the top seed and World No. 22 Hsu Jen Hao in the semi-finals.

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Sourabh Varma is into the semi-finals! The final score is: 7-11, 11-1, 11-3, 11-7

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Varma gives Horiuchi no more chance as he clinches the win, 11-7. 

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Varma reels off quick points to march ahead to 10-5 and holds five match points. Horiuchi now trying his best to mount a late fightback and grabs the next couple of points to close in on 7-10.

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But Horiuchi is unable to maintain for a long time. Varma snatches the lead from him through some fiery aggression. 

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He extends that lead to 4-2 as well. 

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Horiuchi now surprises everyone by storming out to a 3-0 lead in the fourth game. How long can he continue?

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But he fails to build on it further and the confident Varma quickly slams shut the third game, 11-3

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Horiuchi tries to get back into the game as he takes a couple of points to reduce the gap to 3-9. 

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He is now 8-1 ahead and is looking very impressive. 

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Horiuchi can do nothing as Sourabh jumps out to 5-1 in the third game.

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Varma looks unstoppable now. No tiredness, no letdown. Sourabh simply keeps on soaring higher and higher!

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Varma finally takes the second game 11-1. Match on! The quarter-final is now all square.

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Sourabh jumps out to an incredible 10-0 lead before the Japanese can even get on the board! This is some dream stuff from Sourabh!

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The remarkable turnaround continues from the Indian as all the points are now being bagged by Sourabh. 

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Sourabh surges ahead to 4-0 and then extends it to 6-0 as Horiuchi looks a mere spectator.

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The Indian is now looking extremely determined to turn this around. He rushes through the second game and makes a fast start.

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Can Varma stage a comeback?

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But Horiuchi is way too aggressive and the Indian is powerless to stop him from running away with the opening game. The Japanese clinches the first game 11-7.

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Varma fights back and levels the score to 7-7. 

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Horiuchi takes a slim lead of 4-3 over Sourabh through some excellent shot-making combined with exceptional defense. 

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The initial exchanges are hard-fought in this match. The Japanese has surely come to play and is not intimidated at all. 

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Sourabh's opponent Horiuchi is currently ranked No. 773 and is much lower-ranked than Sourabh, who is currently 82nd. Ranking-wise and experience-wise, it is Sourabh who has the edge.

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Sourabh Varma remains the only Indian remaining at the Chinese Taipei Masters following the exit of his brother Sameer, Shreyansh Jaiswal and Rahul Yadav Chittaboina. Will he be able to keep on flying the Indian Tricolour high?