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All England Championship: Sameer Verma Crashes Out with Loss to Anders Antonsen

Sameer Verma (Photo Credit: PTI)

Sameer Verma (Photo Credit: PTI)

Sameer Verma lost 20-22, 10-21 to Anders Antonsen to bow out of the All England Championships.

Unseeded Sameer Verma of India lost to third seed Anders Antonsen of Denmark 20-22, 10-21 in a men’s pre-quarter-final match and crashed out of the All England Championships.

World champion and fifth seed P.V. Sindhu on Thursday sailed into the women’s singles quarter-finals with a quick 21-8, 21-8 win against Line Christophersen of Denmark in a Round of 16 match.

Sindhu dominated her opponent completely, and at one stage, won 13 consecutive points in a match that lasted just 25 minutes. She will next play third seed Akane Yamaguchi of Japan on Friday.

India’s Lakshya Sen progressed to the men’s singles quarter-finals on Day 2 of the Super 1000 tournament on Thursday. He beat France’s Thomas Rouxel 21-18, 21-17 in 53 minutes. In the quarter-finals on Friday, the Indian will face the Netherlands’ Mark Caljouw, who defeated Nhat Nguyen of Ireland 21-11, 15-21, 21-12.

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In women’s doubles, Ashwini Ponnappa and N. Sikki Reddy defeated sixth seeds Gabriela Stoeva and Stefani Stoeva of Bulgaria 21-17, 21-10 in a Round of 16 match to enter the quarter-finals.

Ashwini and Sikki Reddy will now clash with unseeded Selena Piek and Cheryl Seinen of the Netherlands on Friday.

H.S. Prannoy lost 15-21, 14-21 loss to Japanese world No. 1 Kento Momota in 48 minutes. This is Prannoy’s eighth consecutive defeat to Momota, who is making his return to international badminton after over a year due to a car crash in January last year that forced him miss the rest of the 2020 season.

B. Sai Praneeth lost to second seed Viktor Axelsen of Denmark 21-15, 12-21, 12-21 in a Round of 16 men’s singles match and crashed out.

In a mixed doubles match between unseeded pairs, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Ashwini Ponnappa lost 21-19, 21-9 to Japan’s Yuki Kaneko and Misaki Matsumoto in 35 minutes.

In men’s doubles, Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty lost 16-21, 21-11, 17-21 to the Danish pair Kim Atsrup and Anders Rasmussen in a Round of 16 match late on Thursday.

In a mixed doubles match of the Round of 16, Indian pair Dhruv Kapila and Meghana Jakkampudi lost to top seeds Niclas Nohr and Amalie Magelund of Denmark 19-21, 8-21.

(With inputs from IANS)