Three time Indian National Champion Sourabh Verma’s dream run in the 2019 Syed Modi International Badminton Championships terminated right at the final step as he suffered a heavy loss against Wang Tzu Wei from Taiwan in the men’s singles final at the Babu Banarasi Das Indoor Stadium in Lucknow.
Straight victories against Kunlavut Vitidsarn in the quarter final and Heo Kwang Hee in the semis, the world no. 36 took on the Taiwanese in the grand finale, but the 2014 New Zealand Open tournament champion proved to be dominant over the 26 year old, as the match was over in two games.
The champion and current world no 22 took the lead from a 10-10, and ended the first game with 21-17. Although Sourabh tried his best in an effort to secure the second game from 8-13, bringing it to 16-16, Wang ended the match with a 21-17 second game.
Hailing from the city of Dhar in Madhya Pradesh, Sourabh secured four BWF World Tour golds in his career two in the Russian Open and Dutch Open in 2018, and two in the Hyderabad Open and Vietnam Open this year.
Formerly world no. 10, Wang represented Taiwan in the 2017 Summer Universiade, where he beat Kenta Nishimoto from Japan for the gold in the final. He also won gold in the 2014 New Zealand Open and 2016 Dutch Open.