Syed Modi International: Sourabh Verma loses in the final
LUCKNOW: the impressive career of the Indian shutter Sourabh Verma in the Syed Modi International tournament came to an end after he lost in consecutive games to Chinese Taipei 's Wang Tzu Wei in the men 's singles final on Sunday.
The 26-year-old Indian, who won two BWF Super 100 titles in Hyderabad and Vietnam this year, dropped 15-21, 17-21 to the world number. 22 Tzu Wei in a 48-minute summit clash to miss his Super 300 crown.
Sourabh entered the summit clash with a 1-1 record face-to-face, having narrowly lost to Tzu Wei in the Tong Yun Kai Cup in March this year.
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The Indian, who was at the court for 75 minutes during his semifinal win over Korea 's Heo Kwang Hee on Friday, couldn't produce his best in the final as Tzu Wei claimed his first title in three years.
The duo participated in long demonstrations with Sourabh behind 1-3 initially, but the Indian soon managed to put the 4-3 in his favor.
Sourabh waited for the mistakes of his opponents and punished any weak return to get a 7-4 lead.
Then, Tzu Wei tried to play closer to the net and it worked, since he not only drew 8-8 but also led 10-8.
Sourabh grabbed two points before finding the net when Tzu Wei maintained a slim 11-10 lead at halftime.
The Taiwanese shutter dominated the proceedings after the interval and opened an 18-13 lead after the Indian left.
Tzu Wei finally sealed the opening game after the Indian made a trial error at the bottom line.
In the second game, Sourabh struggled with length and was delayed 0-5 at the start. An excellent reverse shot gave him a point, but Tzu Wei put a lot of power into his punches to make life difficult for the Indian.
Sourabh made his way to narrow the gap to 5-7 before a focused Tzu Wei managed to maintain a three-point lead at the break.
The momentum shifted in Sourabh 's favor after the breather as he clawed his way back at 13-13 when Tzu Wei went wide.
Tzu Wei broke the game with a body shot before Sourabh returned the favor and took the lead for the first time in the second game with 15-14.
However, the Taiwanese took the lead again and took three points of the championship and sealed the match when Sourabh stayed long again.