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Badminton: Arvind Bhat storms into German Open final

Bangalorean stuns 15th seed Chou in USD 120,000 GP tournament

Mulheim an der Ruhr (Germany): Indian shuttler Arvind Bhat struck the form of his life at the USD 120,000 German Open Grand Prix Gold as he stormed into the men's singles final here on Saturday.

India shuttler Arvind Bhat
India shuttler Arvind Bhat 

The 34-year-old Bhat caused an upset by defeating Chinese Taipei's 15th seed Tien Chen Chou 21-12, 12-21, 22-20 in a marathon thriller which lasted 56 minutes at the RWE-Sporthalle.

The Indian now has levelled his career record to 2-2 against the World No 24. After the World No 87 Indian dominated the first game, Tien returned to comprehensively win the next game and take the match into the decider, which turned out to be a neck-and-neck affair.

In the end, Bhat had two matchpoints at 20-18 but his higher ranked opponent saved both of them. The Indian, however, showed grit to notch the next two points and enter the final.

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