Varma shocks Zwiebler in Germany

India’s Sourabh Varma stunned third seed Marc Zwiebler in front of his home crowd at the Bitburger Badminton Open on Friday.

The unseeded Indian shuttler booked his place in the semi-finals of the tournament after securing a 21-15, 16-21, 21-15 upset victory over the local favourite.

Varma now moves on to face Denmark’s Anders Antonsen, who beat qualifier Fabian Roth 21-12, 19-21, 21-14.

The other semi-final will see fourth seed Shi Yuqi of China take on another Indian, 12th seed Sameer Verma.

Shi overcame fifth seed Jonatan Christie 16-21, 21-14, 21-14, while Verma was 21-14, 21-16 winner over Artem Pochtarov.

Porntip Buranaprasertsuk

In the women’s draw, top seed He Bingjiao of China will take on Thai third seed Busanan Ongbamrungphan in the first semi-final.

He beat Mette Poulsen 21-16, 21-15 on Friday, while Busanan defeated Sabrina Jaquet 21-9, 21-11.

The other semi-final will be between two more Thai shuttlers – Nitchaon Jindapol and Porntip Buranaprasertsuk.

Nitchaon edged Chia Hsin Lee 10-21, 21-14, 21-9, while Porntip saw off sixth seed Beatriz Corrales 21-12, 21-7.

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