Badminton: Saurabh Champion, Ashwini-Sikki misplaced in Hyderabad Open. sourabh verma win and sikki reddy and Ashwini Ponnappa misplaced in hyderabad open


Hyderabad: Defending national champion Indian badminton player Saurabh Verma on Sunday defeated Singapore's Loh Kean Yewu in the three-match match to clinch the Hyderabad Open title. Seventh seed Saurabh defeated World No. 44 Yiyu 21-13 14-21 21-16 in a 52-minute title match. Saurabh, who won the Slovenia international title in May this year, landed on the court against Yiu for the first time.

Saurabh defeated Malaysia's Alexander Zulkarnain 23-21 21-16 in a 48-minute match in the semi-finals of the tournament on Saturday.

Meanwhile, the top seeded women's doubles pair of India's Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy lost to Commonwealth Games bronze medalist pair Baek Ha Na and Jung Kyung Yun in the final.

The top seeded women's doubles pair of Ashwini and Sikki were defeated by Korean pair of Baek Ha Na and Jung Kyung Yun 21-17, 21-17.

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