Sunday, June 20, 2021

Sourabh Verma beats China’s Sun Fei Xiang to clinch Vietnam Open title

HO CHI MINH CITY, SEPTEMBER 15: India’s Sourabh Verma registered a thrilling 3-game win over China’s Sun Fei Xiang to claim the men’s singles title at the USD 75,000 Vietnam Open BWF Tour Super 100 badminton tournament on Sunday. Second seed Sourabh, who has won the Hyderabad Open and Slovenian International earlier this year, recovered from a mid-game slump to beat Sun 21-12 17-21 21-14 in the summit clash which lasted an hour and 12 minutes.
World No. 38 Sourabh, who had won the National champion this year, will now play the USD 400,000 Korea Open World Tour Super 500 event to be held from September 24 to 29. Sourabh dominated the proceedings in the opening game as he jumped to a 4-0 lead early on and kept moving ahead. He enjoyed an 11-4 cushion at the break and surged to a 15-4 advantage after the breather.
Sun tried to recover but the gap was too wide to be bridged as Sourabh pocketed the first game comfortably. The Chinese came out all guns blazing in the second game, zooming to an 8-0 lead. He led 11-5 at the interval and even though the Indian tried to make a comeback, it proved an uphill task as Sun roared back into the contest.
In the decider, Sun had a slender 4-2 lead initially but Sourabh ensured he enjoyed 11-7 advantage at the breather. The Indian then maintained his lead, despite the Chinese snapping at his heels. Leading 17-14, Sourabh blasted off the next 4 points to shut the door on his opponent and win his 3rd title of the year.
The 26-year-old from Madhya Pradesh had won the Dutch Open and Korea Open last year. (PTI)