Match: Sai Praneeth v Sameer Verma, Men's singles final
Date: 29 January, Sunday
Time: 5:50pm SGT/3:20pm IST/9:50am GMT
Competition: Syed Modi International Badminton Championship 2017
Venue: UP Badminton Academy, 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.
While top seeds have faced shock exits at the ongoing Grand Prix Gold tournament, eighth seed Sameer Verma and ninth seed Sai Praneeth have battled their way into the title match, which will be held on Sunday.
World number 35 Sameer has been one of the consistent Men's singles shuttlers from India at the international circuit in the recent past. The 22-year-old achieved his biggest career milestone when he defeated world number two Jan O Jorgensen in the semi-final of Hong Kong Open last year and finished as runner-up in the Superseries tournament after losing to local shuttler Ng Ka Long.
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Sameer, who trains under former All England Champion Pullela Gopichand, has taken giant strides in the recent past. The senior national champion, who reportedly ranked 175th in May 2015, climbed his way inside the top 50. The Indian shuttler also reached the semi-final of Bitburger Open last year but his progress was stopped by China's Shi Yuqi.
The giant-slayer live up to his reputation when he ousted second-seeded Dane Hans-Kristian Vittinghus in the quarter-final of the ongoing tournament in straight games after which he made light work of unseeded compatriot Harsheel Dani in the semi-final yesterday.
On the other hand, Sai, who has a 2-1 head-to-head advantage over Sameer, has been inconsistent in the recent past. However, the world number 36 has begun the new season on a high by edging past quite a few big names including Anders Antonsen and Sourabh Varma before he clinched a 59-minute battle against defending champion Kidambi Srikanth in his semi-final.
Despite losing the first game 15-21, Sai pulled off an upset after pushing the match to the decider. The in-form 24-year-old would want to continue his winning run but he has to be switched on from the word go to stand a chance against Sameer.
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