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

By Sportskeeda Desk | Last ModifiedFeb 24, 2018 02:00 IST

Sameer Verma def Kento Momota 21-17, 21-16 to enter semi-finals


02:00 (IST)24 FEB 2018

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!

01:57 (IST)24 FEB 2018

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.

01:52 (IST)24 FEB 2018

And Verma wraps it up in style.
21-17, 21-16

01:51 (IST)24 FEB 2018

Verma on match point!!

01:51 (IST)24 FEB 2018

The 23-year-old Indian has now surged to 19-16

01:50 (IST)24 FEB 2018

Momota's errors not helping him as the Indian edges closer to victory.

01:49 (IST)24 FEB 2018

Can Verma hold on to his nerves and make it to the semis?
Just 4 points away from a victory. 
Sameer leads 17-16

01:48 (IST)24 FEB 2018

Just like the first game, the second one also looks will go down to the wire. 
Scores level at 16-16

01:48 (IST)24 FEB 2018

The Indian has taken the lead for the first time in the game. And that too right at the penultimate stage.

01:47 (IST)24 FEB 2018

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.

01:46 (IST)24 FEB 2018

Verma wins two consecutive points. The contest has heated up.

01:44 (IST)24 FEB 2018

The Japanese has taken a 4 point lead in the midway mark.

01:43 (IST)24 FEB 2018

Momota doing well to keep the difference intact.

01:42 (IST)24 FEB 2018

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

01:42 (IST)24 FEB 2018

A strong smash down the line as the Japanese extends his lead

01:39 (IST)24 FEB 2018

Gap closing in!! 

01:39 (IST)24 FEB 2018

Momota's error, a silver lining for the Indian as he edges in.

01:38 (IST)24 FEB 2018

Verma is fighting hard to stay in the game and trails by four points

01:37 (IST)24 FEB 2018

And Momota starts with a point after the break.
Leads 8-4

01:37 (IST)24 FEB 2018

Heading into the mid-game interval, the Japanese is up by 7-4

01:35 (IST)24 FEB 2018

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

01:33 (IST)24 FEB 2018

3 point advantage for the Japanese.
Leads 5-2

01:33 (IST)24 FEB 2018

The Indian looks a bit fatigued as the Japanese take full advantage to extend his lead.

01:32 (IST)24 FEB 2018

Momota takes two points on the trot to double his lead

01:31 (IST)24 FEB 2018

Sameer serves first in Game 2 but concedes a poor point.
The Japanese leads 1-0

01:30 (IST)24 FEB 2018

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

01:28 (IST)24 FEB 2018

The Indian doesn't make a mistake on the next point!
Duly converts it and takes the first game! 

01:27 (IST)24 FEB 2018

A brilliant crosscourt smash from Verma as he sets himself with the game point

01:27 (IST)24 FEB 2018

Verma on the verge of clinching the first set, leading 19-17

01:26 (IST)24 FEB 2018

A well-disguised drop shot from the Indian as he clinches a much-needed two-point lead. 
18-16, Verma leads

01:24 (IST)24 FEB 2018

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

01:23 (IST)24 FEB 2018

Verma breaks to get the scores level at 15-15

01:22 (IST)24 FEB 2018

The Japanese seem to find his mojo back. A blazing smash down Verma's right sets Momota with a lead.

01:21 (IST)24 FEB 2018

A couple of poor shots from the Indian and it's all back to square one as the Japanse have pulled the scores level. 

01:20 (IST)24 FEB 2018

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

01:19 (IST)24 FEB 2018

The 23-year-old Indian bags a couple of points and now boasts of a sizeable lead of 13-9

01:17 (IST)24 FEB 2018

The Indian looking to extend his lead after outclassing the opponent with a crosscourt smash
Verma leads 11-9

01:16 (IST)24 FEB 2018

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

01:14 (IST)24 FEB 2018

Verma is looking in good shape as he aims to capitalize on the lead.
Sameer 8-7 Momota

01:13 (IST)24 FEB 2018

Verma does well to pull himself back with two points on the trot. 
Scores tied at 5-5

01:11 (IST)24 FEB 2018

Momota try to dominate the pace of the game as he takes two consecutive points.
The Japanese shuttler leads 5-3

01:10 (IST)24 FEB 2018

It continues to be even as both the players are tied at 3-3

01:09 (IST)24 FEB 2018

The Japanese makes his way into the game with two quick points. 
Momota leads 2-1

01:08 (IST)24 FEB 2018

It's a break on the first serve as Sameer Verma takes the first point of the match.

01:06 (IST)24 FEB 2018

Kento Momota to serve first

01:05 (IST)24 FEB 2018

The players are currently warming up

01:04 (IST)24 FEB 2018

The players hit the court as the match will be underway shortly

23:20 (IST)23 FEB 2018

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.
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