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Syed Modi International 2018 Badminton Live: Sameer Verma vs Lu Guangzu, Live score & Updates | 25th November 2018

Verma def Lu 16-21, 21-19, 21-14 in 70 minutes to successfully defend his title!
Updated: 25 November 2018 18:39 IST - Published: 25 November 2018 17:25 IST
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And what a finish for the tournament! After 3 Indian losses, an Indian wins in the last match of the final!!!!!
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Final score: Verma def Lu 16-21, 21-19, 21-14 in 70 minutes to successfully defend his title!

This is Sameer's third BWF title of the season!

WHAT A SEASON FOR HIM!!!!
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SAMEER HAS DONE IT! 
HE WINS THE TITLE!

HE IS THROUGH TO THE BWF WORLD TOUR FINALS FOR THE FIRST TIME IN HIS CAREER!
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Sameer moves ahead to 19-14

2 points away from the win!
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Lu is still trying to go for down-the-line shots but his accuracy has gone missing.

He is behind Sameer at 14-17
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And that has emboldened Verma

He is now up 16-12
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Lu makes it 12-13 but Sameer comes up with a smart netshot!

He is up 14-12
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Sameer builds a 13-10 lead post interval
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Sameer has a slender 11-10 lead at the time of the mid-game break.
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And Sameer's fighting spirit is showing here once again!

10-10
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A string of errors from Sameer has now allowed Lu to go up to 9-7
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And it's 7-7
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Lu is trying to make a comeback here....he trails 6-7
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It's 7-4 to the Indian but he needs to be careful not to give short lifts to Lu
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Sameer is now looking more confident as he keeps producing dropshots and a smart net game to trouble the Chinese!

Up 5-3
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It's 2-2 in the third game!
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AND SAMEER HAS FORCED A DECIDER HERE! WHAT A FINISH TO THE SECOND GAME!

SAMEER TAKES IT 21-19
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Sameer gets a vital point through a lucky netcord to go up to 19-18 after the Chinese drew level at 18-18
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What a magical drop from Sameer! It lands on the backline!

He is up 18-16
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AND SAMEER IS FIGHTING BACK!

HE HAS DRAWN LEVEL AGAIN, AT 16-16
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FIVE POINTS ON THE TROT FOR THE CHINESE NOW!

HE IS UP 15-14
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And it's 14-14
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But a few errors are now creeping into his game.

Sameer's lead has been cut down to just one point!

14-13
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Sameer is now forcing Lu to lift the shuttle to him!

Sameer up 14-10
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It's 11-8 for Verma at the time of the midgame interval.
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Verma looks calmer and steadier.
Up 10-7
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Finally Verma gets another point to take a two-point lead.

9-7
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Lu is going for smashes at every opportunity!


He goes into a 7-6 lead
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And it's 6-6
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Once more Sameer is giving Lu easy short lifts which Lu is no mistake in smashing down.


Sameer 6-5
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Lu sends the shuttle long!


Sameer leads 5-3
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Sameer slips to the ground while retrieving a shot.

Lu back to 3-4
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Excellent defence from Verma!


One more error from Lu!

It's 4-2 for Verma!
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Both are extremely aggressive now. But Sameer's quick retrievals forced an error off Lu's racquet.

It's 2-2
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Lu opens up a 2-0 lead in Game 2
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Another smash by Lu and he takes the first game 21-16
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Sameer is making the mistake of giving Lu short lifts. Lu is having no problem in smashing it down.

Lu now has game points at 20-14
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Sameer attempted a drop, which almost went wide.

Still trails 13-18
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Lu has now raced ahead to 18-12.



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The Chinese is playing fast at the net... Sameer finding it difficult to tackle him.

Lu 15-11
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Once more Lu goes ahead to 13-11
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And Sameer levels this!


11-11
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Two quick points for Verma after the break!

He now trails 10-11
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Verma needs to cut down on his unforced errors.
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It's an 11-8 lead at the time of the midgame interval.
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And suddenly Verma has gone quiet. Lu comes storming back to snatch the lead and go up to 10-8
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What a shot by Sameer! Deep into the baseline it was!

He is up 8-5
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Good rally ends in a Lu error.


Good judgement by Sameer to let it go.

He is up 7-3
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It's 6-2 to Sameer,....dominating the forecourt!
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Sameer keeps his lead intact and his ahead 4-2