Sourabh Verma bagged the men's singles title at the recently concluded Hyderabad Open by defeating Singapore's Loh Kean Yew in the final on Sunday. Meanwhile, women's doubles duo of Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy lost to Koreans - Baek Ha Na and Jung Kyung Eun by a 25-17, 25-17 margin.
It was a glorious finish to an impressive display for local boy Sourabh Verma who clinched the men's singles title be defeating Singapore's Loh Kean Yew in a thrilling finale at the Hyderabad Open on Sunday. The 26-year-old Indian got off to a commanding start by winning the opening game by 21-13 margin. However, the Singaporean fought back in the second game to put the pressure back on Verma by beating him with 14-21 scoreline.
Verma, who is coached by Pullela Gopichand, kept his cool to win the final game by 21-16 margin in a match that lasted 52 minutes and ultimately lift the Hyderabad Open title.
“Any win at this level is great and I am glad that I have played really well in this tournament and hope to keep going,” the champion told PTI post the win.
Meanwhile, Indian women's doubles duo of Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy had to settle for the runners-up medal after they suffered a defeat in the final to South Korea's Baek Ha Na and Jung Kyung Eun. The Indians were swept aside in straight sets by a scoreline of 25-17, 25-17 in the women's doubles final.