Sourabh Verma storms into Vietnam Open final

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HO CHI MINH CITY, September 14: India shuttler Sourabh Verma booked his place in the men’s singles final of the ongoing Vietnam Open BWF Tour Super 100 tournament after registering a straight-game victory over Japan’s Minoru Koga on Saturday.
The second-seeded Indian defeated Koga 22-20, 21-15 in the semi-final clash which lasted for 51 minutes.
Sourabh, who hasn’t lost a game en route to the finals of the ongoing competition, was given a stiff fight by his Japanese opponent throughout the course of the match. However, the World No. 38 came up with a gritty performance in both the games and emerged victorious.
After getting a bye in the first round, Verma — who is the lone Indian in the competition — outlasted Japan’s Kodai Naraoka 22- 20, 22-20 in a tight second-round clash. Naraoka’s compatriot, Yu Igarashi then posed a stern test to Verma in which the Indian came out with flying colours. A gruelling 25-23, 24-22 victory sealed the deal for Verma and put him in the quarter-finals. (Agencies)