Chinese Taipei Masters: Sourabh enters pre-quarters

Former National champion Sourabh defeated local shuttler Yi-Hsiang Yang 12-10 11-3 11-5 in the first match and then edged out Japan's Hashiru Shimono, seeded seventh, 11-6 8-11 12-10 11-3 in 41 minutes to reach the pre-quarterfinals of Chinese Taipei Masters.

SOURABH VERMA

File photo of Sourabh Verma.   -  Akhilesh Kumar

Sourabh Verma notched up successive wins on the second day of the Chinese Taipei Masters to enter the pre-quarterfinals today.

Former National champion Sourabh defeated local shuttler Yi-Hsiang Yang 12-10 11-3 11-5 in the first match and then edged out Japan's Hashiru Shimono, seeded seventh, 11-6 8-11 12-10 11-3 in 41 minutes.

Sourabh, who had reached two finals in Belgium and Poland this year, will next take on Japan's Ryotaro Maruo.

National champion Sameer Verma, Sourabh's younger brother, had got a bye in the opening round.

But Sameer's campaign ended in the next round as he lost 10-12 11-6 3-11 4-11 to Chia Hung LU of Chinese Taipei.

Among other Indians, Shreyansh Jaisal and Rahul Yadav Chittaboina bowed out of the tournament.

While Shreyansh suffered a 7-11 14-15 11-4 2-11 loss to Shih Kuei Chun of Chinese Taipei in the opening round, Rahul retired just after six minutes in the match against his Chinese Taipei rival Yang Chih Chieh with the scoreboard reading 2-6 in the first round.