Indian shuttler Sourabh Verma plays tough over Singaporean Loh Kean Yew

Updated: Aug 12, 2019, 09:12 IST | PTI

Indian shuttler beats Singaporean Loh Kean Yew 21-13, 14-21, 21-16 to win Hyderabad Open; Ashwini-Sikki finish runners-up in women's doubles final

Indian shuttler Sourabh Verma plays tough over Singaporean Loh Kean Yew
India's Sourabh Verma showed great composure during his win over Singapore's Loh Kean Yew yesterday

Top seeds Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy, however, squandered an opportunity to register a maiden women’s doubles title, losing 17-21, 17-21 to Korean combination of Baek Ha Na and Jung Kyung Eun in the summit clash.

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

In the second game, Sourabh once again jumped to a 5-0 lead, but Kean Yew clawed back 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 eventually 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 a 11-10 lead at the interval. Sourabh then kept extending his distance from the Singaporean to comfortably shut the door on his rival.

Sourabh, who had won two Super 100 titles last year at the Dutch Open and Russian Open, doesn’t have any financial support and has been playing tournaments on his own.

He reached the semi-finals at US Open and quarter-finals at Canada Open, besides winning the Slovenia Open earlier this year.

No financial backing

"I still don’t have any sponsor or any help from anybody. Nothing has changed since the Nationals, I still pay for the tournaments. But I don’t want to think about things which I can’t control. I want to stay fit and focus on my game," said Sourabh, who had an ankle issue at Azerbaijan International in June.

Asked about his future events, Sourabh said: "I will play Chinese Taipei Open [Super 300] and Vietnam Open [Super 100] next in September."

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