This is the furthest either has gone at an HSBC BWF World Tour Super 300 tournament.
While 21-year-old Merkle beat home hope Mithun Manjunath 21-19 17-21 21-9, his 29-year-old compatriot Claerbout overcame Ireland’s Nhat Nguyen in a tougher contest. Nguyen had won the opening game and was 15-13 in the third before Claerbout pulled ahead, clinching the match 15-21 21-18 21-15 in 84 minutes.
Women’s singles will see world No.7 Pusarla V Sindhu against younger compatriot Malvika Bansod. Pusarla’s semifinal opponent Evgeniya Kosetskaya retired after the first game, while Bansod beat Anupama Upadhyaya in three games.
♦Two Malaysian pairs made the finals in women’s doubles and mixed doubles. Anna Ching Yik Cheong/Teoh Mei Xing beat Haritha Haritha Harinarayanan/Ashna Roy and will be up against Treesa Jolly/Gayatri Gopichand Pullela in the women’s doubles final.
♦In men’s doubles, Man Wei Chong/Tee Kai Wun got the better of MR Arjun/Dhruv Kapila; their opponents in the final will be local duo Krishna Prasad Garaga/Vishnuvardhan Goud Panjala.
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♦The mixed doubles will be an all-Indian affair, with Ishaan Bhatnagar/Tanisha Crasto taking on Hema Nagendra Babu/Srivedya Gurazada.