Indian shuttler Sourabh Verma reaches the final of the Syed Modi Badminton Championship 2019, as he defeats Korea's Kwang Hee Heo 21-17, 16-21, 21-18 in the semi-finals on Saturday in Lucknow.
The 26-year-old Indian ranked 36th in the world fluently took an early lead and went on to pile up the lead till 11-7 at interval. He kept on the momentum to eventually win the game. In the second game, Heo pulled off a good comeback. A neck-to-neck contest ensued in the third game and despite, the Korean having the upper hand of 15-18, Saurabh fought back winning five consecutive points to 20-18 and eventually the match.
On Sunday, Sourabh will face Tzu Wei Wang of Chinese Taipei in the final, who is ranked 22nd. Saurabh has previously won three titles this year -- Slovenia International Challenger, Hyderabad Open Super 100 and Vietnam Open Super 100. This will be his final in 2019 at an event which is higher than Super 100 level.
On Friday, Sourabh reached the semi-final with a 21-19, 21-16 victory over Thailand’s Kunlavut Vitidsarn in their quarter-final contest in Lucknow on Friday.