Sourabh Verma wins Hyderabad Open title

Sourabh Verma
Sourabh Verma capped an impressive week at the Hyderabad Open with a thrilling win over Singapore's Loh Kean Yew. Instagram
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Hyderabad: National champion Sourabh Verma capped an impressive week at the Hyderabad Open with a thrilling win over Singapore's Loh Kean Yew in the summit clash to claim the men's singles title here on Sunday.

The 26-year-old from Madhya Pradesh, who had won the Slovenian International in May this year, showed great composure as he outwitted world No. 44 Kean Yew 21-13, 14-21, 21-16 in a 52-minute clash at the Gachibowli Indoor Stadium.

Sourabh made a good start as he jumped to a 6-2 lead in the opening game, before grabbing an 11-4 advantage. The Indian kept moving ahead to comfortably pocket the first game.

In the second game, Sourabh raced away to a 5-0 lead but Kean Yew clawed his way back and tied at 10-10. The Indian held a slender 11-10 lead at the break, but the Singaporean reeled off five straight points from 14-13 to roar back into the contest.

The decider was a close affair as Sourabh and Kean Yew started on an even knell before the Indian grabbed an 11-10 lead at the interval. Sourabh then kept extending the lead to shut the door on his rival.

Sourabh had won two Super 100 titles last year at the Dutch Open and Russian Open.

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