HO CHI MINH CITY (Vietnam): Sourabh Verma clinched the Vietnam Open Super 100 title, defeating China’s Sun Fei Xiang in a thrilling Men’s Singles summit clash at the Ho Chi Minh City today.
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Second seed Verma recovered from a mid-game slump to beat Sun 21-12, 17-2, 21-14. The match lasted an hour and 12 minutes.
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 lead 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 an 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 four points to shut the door on his opponent and win his third title of the year.
This victory marks Verma’s second Super 100 win in the ongoing calendar year. He had won the Hyderabad Open earlier in August.