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Kashyap clinches Austrian Open, ends title drought

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Kashyap clinches Austrian Open P Kashyap saw off Malaysia's June Wei Cheam in straight games. Twitter

Vienna: Indian shuttler Parupalli Kashyap defeated Malaysia's June Wei Cheam to clinch the Austrian Open International Challenge and his three-year title drought.

Second seed Kashyap, the reigning Commonwealth Games champion, saw off Cheam 23-21, 21-14 in a 37-minute clash late Saturday night.

"Happy to win the title here in #Vienna . First title for me this year . Thank you @IndianOilcl @OGQ_India #Gopichandacademy and all my well wishers for the continuous support," tweeted Kashyap, who had reached the finals of US Open Grand Prix Gold last year.

The Indian looked in good touch throughout the tournament as he didn't drop a single game en route to his title win.

The final, however, was not a cakewalk as Cheam matched Kashyap in the first game, which went down to the wire. In the end, the Indian had to save three game points before pocketing the first game.

Kashyap looked in better control in the second game and eventually sealed the contest in 37 minutes.

A former world No. 6, Kashyap had been plagued by injuries in the last few years.

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