Sourabh, Guru Sai run out of steam

New Delhi: After an upset-laden beginning to the India Open Superseries, the quarterfinals followed the seedings on Friday. World No.1 Lee Chong Wei and No.3 Peter Gade progressed into the semifinals; the one minor blip being that of No.2 Taufik Hidayat, in his loss to former Asian champion Park Sung Hwan. But Taufik has always been of erratic temperament, and his loss to Park, who is in his second innings after coming back from retirement, was not an aberration. Both the Indian quarterfinalists, Sourabh Verma and Guru Sai Dutt, met their match in superior opponents, but their exploits here will stand them in good stead in the future.
The top two seeds among the women had already crashed out earlier, and making the last four were no.3 seed Bae Youn Joo of Korea and fast-rising youngster Porntip B of Thailand. Junior world champion Ratnachok Inthanon lost to no.4 Yip Pui Yin, while Tine Baun’s conqueror Chen Jiayuan of Singapore was in turn felled by Sayaka Sato of Japan.
Sourabh Verma, who left his stamp upon the inaugural Superseries in India with a stunning march into the quarters, could not make an impression against the world’s best player. Lee Chong Wei was too quick and experienced for the 20-year-old from Madhya Pradesh, who is in just his second senior major international tournament. Chong Wei did not even allow his Indian opponent the opportunity to get into double figures in either set, winning 21-7 21-8 in under half-an-hour.
Guru Sai Dutt had upset former top-ten player Boonsak Ponsana of Thailand in the second round, and ran into Hu Yun of Hong Kong. The tricky Hu, possessor of a deceptive game, had the measure of the Indian in a 21-10 21-16 triumph.

Results (Quarterfinals):
MS: Peter Hoeg Gade [3] bt Takuma Ueda 23-21 21-10; 6-Park Sung Hwan bt 2-Taufik Hidayat 21-17 21-17; 1-Lee Chong Wei bt Sourabh Verma 21-7 21-8; 8-Hu Yun bt Guru Sai Dutt 21-10 21-16

WS: 3-Bae Youn Joo bt 7-Yao Jie 21-13 21-18; Sayaka Sato bt Chen Jiayuan 18-21 21-15 21-15; 4-Yip Pui Yin bt Ratchanok Inthanon
21-17 21-15; Porntip B bt Gu Juan 21-16 23-21


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Sometimes I wonder if I'm the Indian in Thoreau's Walden who makes cane baskets and is surprised nobody wants them. A. was talking about discipline when she said: "But Dev, if you want to move ahead in life, you'll have to be like that," and she may as well have defined everything else for me. I've played the low percentage game for too long to believe there's anything in it but the romance; the odds keep getting jacked up higher and higher; and you may be a good Idealist but a worse Fool.
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