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Swiss Open 2018, Quarter-finals: Sameer Verma vs Kento Momota, Live Match Updates

Sameer Verma def Kento Momota 21-17, 21-16 to enter semi-finals
Updated: 24 February 2018 02:00 IST - Published: 23 February 2018 23:13 IST
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And that's a wrap to this live blog. We'll be back tomorrow with the live coverage of Sameer Verma's semi-final match.Until then, stay tuned to Sportskeeda for all the latest updates from the world of sports.Goodbye!
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With the win, Verma is the only Indian to remain in the single's fray. The victory against the former world no 2 will provide him with a much-needed boost as he hopes to continue the sublime form going into his semi-final fixture.

Sameer will take on Thai shuttler Kantaphon Wangcharoen in the semis.
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And Verma wraps it up in style.
21-17, 21-16
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Verma on match point!!
20-16
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The 23-year-old Indian has now surged to 19-16
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Momota's errors not helping him as the Indian edges closer to victory.
18-16
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Can Verma hold on to his nerves and make it to the semis?
Just 4 points away from a victory. 
Sameer leads 17-16
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Just like the first game, the second one also looks will go down to the wire. 
Scores level at 16-16
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The Indian has taken the lead for the first time in the game. And that too right at the penultimate stage.
16-15
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Verma is the last Indian remaining in the fray and will be hoping for a win to keep India's hope alive.
The way he is playing is absolutely fantastic!! 
4 points on a trot to pull back the scores on level terms.
15-15
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Verma wins two consecutive points. The contest has heated up.
15-13
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The Japanese has taken a 4 point lead in the midway mark.
15-11
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Momota doing well to keep the difference intact.
13-10
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Verma needs to gather pace fast before it's too late.
A well-disguised drop to get one back
The Indian still trailing 12-9
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A strong smash down the line as the Japanese extends his lead
12-8
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Gap closing in!! 
10-8
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Momota's error, a silver lining for the Indian as he edges in.
9-7
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Verma is fighting hard to stay in the game and trails by four points
9-5
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And Momota starts with a point after the break.
Leads 8-4
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Heading into the mid-game interval, the Japanese is up by 7-4
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Sameer trying hard to prevent conceding a big lead to his opponent as he makes a comeback. Still not enough to catch the Japanese as he leads 6-3
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3 point advantage for the Japanese.
Leads 5-2
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The Indian looks a bit fatigued as the Japanese take full advantage to extend his lead.
4-1
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Momota takes two points on the trot to double his lead
2-0
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Sameer serves first in Game 2 but concedes a poor point.
The Japanese leads 1-0
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Sameer Verma showed great character to pull himself back and win the first game.
One more game and he will be on his way to the semis. 

The Japanese has created good chances and needs to step up in Game 2
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The Indian doesn't make a mistake on the next point!
Duly converts it and takes the first game! 
21-17
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A brilliant crosscourt smash from Verma as he sets himself with the game point
20-17
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Verma on the verge of clinching the first set, leading 19-17
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A well-disguised drop shot from the Indian as he clinches a much-needed two-point lead. 
18-16, Verma leads
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The first game looks to be going down to the wire. Neither player has been able to establish a considerable lead.
The score is currently 16-16
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Verma breaks to get the scores level at 15-15
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The Japanese seem to find his mojo back. A blazing smash down Verma's right sets Momota with a lead.
15-14 
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A couple of poor shots from the Indian and it's all back to square one as the Japanse have pulled the scores level. 
13-13
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Momota is not letting this get over soon as he takes two points on the trot to pull himself back into the race 
Verma still leading 13-11
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The 23-year-old Indian bags a couple of points and now boasts of a sizeable lead of 13-9
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The Indian looking to extend his lead after outclassing the opponent with a crosscourt smash
Verma leads 11-9
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The Japanese sends the shuttle long to squander his lead. 
It looks all even from the middle as the scores are tied at 9-9
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Verma is looking in good shape as he aims to capitalize on the lead.
Sameer 8-7 Momota
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Verma does well to pull himself back with two points on the trot. 
Scores tied at 5-5
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Momota try to dominate the pace of the game as he takes two consecutive points.
The Japanese shuttler leads 5-3
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It continues to be even as both the players are tied at 3-3
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The Japanese makes his way into the game with two quick points. 
Momota leads 2-1
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It's a break on the first serve as Sameer Verma takes the first point of the match.
0-1
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Kento Momota to serve first
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The players are currently warming up
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The players hit the court as the match will be underway shortly
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Good morning and welcome to the Sportskeeda live blog of the Swiss Open 2018. Second-seeded Sameer Verma takes on former World No. 2  Kento Momota in the quarter-final that starts just after midnight (Indian time).

Earlier, qualifier RMV Gurusaidutt crashed out of the quarter-finals of this BWF World Tour Super 300 tournament and Sameer is the only Indian left in the men's singles draw.

The World No. 46 came back from a game down to get the better of Japan’s Yu Igarashi 11-21, 21-18, 21-16 in the last round. On the other hand, Momota hasn't dropped a single game in the tournament. It will be a tough match for the Indian youngster but he will be keen to prove himself and progress further in the tournament.