I was not expecting to qualify for world meet: Sameer

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 31 Jul 2017 09:15:41



HANDED a direct entry at the World Championships, rising Indian shuttler Sameer Verma says he was not expecting to qualify for the tournament but now wants to make it count by returning with a medal from the prestigious tournament.

“I had a chance of qualifying in May but I didn’t do well in Singapore and with Sai (Praneeth) winning and Srikanth also reaching the finals, the ranking was up and down. I knew I had a 1 or 2 per cent chance of still making it if there were withdrawals. But I wasn’t expecting it,” Sameer told PTI. The 22-year-old from Dhar was in good form when he clinched his maiden Grand Prix Gold title at Syed Modi International in January. He also reached the quarter-finals at India Super Series.

He also played at Singapore Open before suffering a shoulder injury. “The injury affected my progress as it took 2-3 weeks for me to regain my fitness. It was also frustrating to not play at Canada for visa issues but US Open was a good tournament, despite my loss in quarters.”