Sourabh Verma wins gold in Russia Open Tour Super 100 tournament

first_imgIndia’s Sourabh Verma made a sensational comeback against Japan’s Koki Watanabe to win the top prize at the Russia Open Tour Super 100 tournament in Vladivostock on Sunday.Sourabh Verma was a game down but came back strongly to defeat Watanabe in the final en route to claiming his his first title of the season, and second major title of his career.Sourabh Verma is on a comeback trail after recovering from injuries and took down world No. 119 Watanabe 19-21 21-12 21-17 in exactly an hour at the Sport Hall Olympic.Sourabh was left to do the catch up act in the opening game as Watanabe slowly and steadily distanced himself after opening up an initial slender lead of 2-0. The Japanese entered the first interval with a healthy 11-5 advantage.The Indian led a fightback to narrow the gap to 11-12 but Watanabe again jumped to a 18-13 lead. Sourabh reeled off five straight points to draw parity but the Japanese managed to move ahead and pocket the opening game.Sourabh’s dream run continues!BAI congratulates the #AsianGames2018 bound shuttler, @sourabhverma09 on his Gold Medal win in Russia. He won the Russian Open 2018 Men Singles title defeating Koki Watanabe of Japan 18-21, 21-12, 21-17. #IndiaontheRise pic.twitter.com/JVJa2WFzFIBAI Media (@BAI_Media) July 29, 2018In the second game, Sourabh cut down his errors and surged to 7-3 lead and held an 11-6 advantage at the break. After the breather, he continued to march ahead and eventually roared back into contest comfortably.advertisementIn the decider, Watanabe zoomed to a 9-3 lead early on and held an 11-7 advantage at the interval. However, a gritty Sourabh slowly erased the deficit and clawed back at 15-15.The Japanese tried to break away but Sourabh ensured there were no hiccups as he reeled off four straight points at 17-17 to shut the door on his rival.Sourabh had won the All India senior ranking tournament in Bangalore to make the cut for the Asian Games squad. He had clinched the Chinese Taipei Grand Pri Gold and finished runners-up at the Bitburger Open in 2016.Also, second-seeded Indian mixed doubles pair of Rohan Kapoor and Kuhoo Garg, however, suffered a 19-21 17-21 loss to Russia’s Vladimir Ivanov and Min Kyung Kim of Korea in the finals to settle for a runners-up finish(With inputs from PTI)last_img

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