India's Sourabh Verma continued his unstoppable form and put up an exemplary display to clinch the Vietnam Open Super 100 title, defeating China's Sun Fei Xiang in a thrilling decider at 21-12, 17-21, 21-14.
This win marks Sourabh's second Super 100 win in the ongoing calendar year. He had won the Hyderabad Open earlier in August to end India's wait for a men's singles title in a major international event in 2019.
Sourabh, who hasn't lost a game en route to the finals of the ongoing competition dominated the first game as he cruised to a 21-12 win. With strong half-court smashes and solid net points, Sourabh at one stage was enjoying a healthy 8 points lead of 4-12. The Chinese made efforts to script a comeback but he left it for too late as the Indian World No 38 wrapped up the opening game 21-12.
The Indian was in for a surprise in the second game as the Chinese made amends for his first game errors. Sourabh had to wait for 9 long points until he could open his tally at 1-9. Sourabh rose to the occasion to reduce the lead but eventually succumbed 17-21 as the game went down to the decider.
With the game on the wire, both the players looked extremely cautious with the shuttlers breathing down each other's neck. But Sourabh, with a touch of class, steadily built his lead and eventually pocketed the game at 21-14.
Road to victory
The second-seeded Indian had earlier defeated Koga 22-20, 21-15 in the semi-final clash, that lasted close to an hour precisely, 51 minutes.
was given a stiff fight by his Japanese opponent throughout the course of the match. However, the World No. 38 came up with a gritty performance in both the games and emerged victorious.
After getting a bye in the first round, Verma -- who is the lone Indian in the competition -- outlasted Japan's Kodai Naraoka 22-20, 22-20 in a tight second-round clash. Naraoka's compatriot, Yu Igarashi then posed a stern test to Verma in which the Indian came out with flying colours. A gruelling 25-23, 24-22 victory sealed the deal for Verma and put him in the quarter-finals.
And the last-eight match against home favourite Tien Minh Nguyen turned out to be the easiest for him as he cruised to a 21-13, 21-18 victory on Friday.