Match: Hans-Kristian Vittinghus v Sameer Verma, Men's singles quarter-final
Date: 27 January, Friday
Time: 6:40pm SGT/4:10pm IST/10:40am GMT
Competition: Syed Modi International Badminton 2017
Venue: UP Badminton Association, Lucknow
TV Channel: There is no live TV coverage of the match in Singapore.
Live Streaming: BWF official Youtube channel, Hotstar
Live Updates will be available on tournament's official website.
Hans-Kristian Vittinghus has been looking dominant in his comeback run in the ongoing Grand Prix Gold tournament in India. The world number 15, who is now the top seed at the event after the withdrawal of Thailand's Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk, has eased into the quarter-final after outclassing three local, unseeded shuttlers.
The Danish shuttler, who is looking set to capture the title, was forced to cut-short his 2016 season as he had to undergo a surgery to remove his appendix after he was diagnosed with appendicitis. Also, he looked set for a spot in the 2016 World Superseries Finals after breaking into the top 10 following his Australian Open and Thomas Cup wins but the illness cost him the berth in Dubai.
Vittinghus, who is reportedly taking part in the tournament to warm-up for the All England Championships in March, faces a tricky test in the last-eight round on Friday. The 31-year-old will be up against 22-year-old local shuttler Sameer Verma, who has been consistently delivering good results at the highest level in the recent past.
The eighth-seeded Indian shuttler finished as the runners-up, beating the likes of Jan O Jorgensen enroute to the final, at 2016's last Superseries event in Hong Kong weeks after he made the semi-final of Bitburger Open. After starting the ongoing season with a good stint at the Premier Badminton League, the world number 35 defeated Malaysia's Wei Feng Chong in the third round on Thursday.
While Vittinghus will be eager to go the distance in the ongoing tournament, Sameer, who has a 2-0 head-to-head advantage over the experienced Dane, will be eyeing a title at home and continue his good run.
India: Star Sports