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Patna : World No 14 Sameer Verma, 24, India, lost to World No 2 Shi Yuqi, 22, China, in the semi-finals of Badminton World Federation (BWF) World Tour Finals in a three-game thriller at Guangzhou, China, on December 15, 2018. Yuqi, the silver medallist at 2018 World Championship at Nanjing, China, beat Sameer 12-21, 22-20, 21-17 in 68 minutes at Tianhe Gymnasium, Guangzhou, in a match that went to wire.

Although Sameer lost the match he won more rallies than Yuqi, who entered the final. Sameer won 58 rallies in the match to 55 by Yuqi. Sameer won 7 consecutive points in the match to 5 by his opponent. Yuqi now leads Sameer Verma 3-1 head to head.

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