Sameer, Lakshya, Rahul enter previous quarters at the Dutch Open

ALMERE (Netherlands): main seed Sameer Verma young ferries Lakshya Sen & BM Rahul Bharadwaj progressed to the pre quarterfinals of the men's individual competition in the Dutch Open Super 100 tournament on Wednesday.

Sameer, who had skipped events at China & Korea due to fitness issues, notched up a 21-19, 19-21, 21-13 win over fellow Indian Kiran George in the second round. He had received a bye in the opening round.

Soon he will face Yusuke Onodera of Japan or Lars Schaenzler of Germany.

Lakshya Sen, who had claimed the Belgian Open last month, also entered the pre-quarterfinals after registering straight-game wins in the first two rounds.

The 18-year-old from Almora defeated Ireland's Nhat Nguyen 21-19, 21-17 in the opening round on Tuesday & then outclassed Cuba's Osleni Guerrero 21-12, 21-12 on Wednesday.

The junior Asian champion will face Rasmus Gemke of Denmark next.

Rahul also advanced to the next round after beating Malaysian Cheam, June Wei, 21-18, 21-13 in another match.

He will lock horns with the winner of the match between two Danish players -- sixth seed Victor Svendsen & Jeppe Bruun.

However, Sourabh Verma, who had won the Hyderabad Open & Vietnam Open this year, went down 17-21, 21-10, 19-21 to Germany's Kai Schaefer in a second-round contest. The 26-year-old had got a bye in the first round.

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