Unseeded Dey wins title in Germany
Saarbrucken (Germany), Nov 5
Shuttler Subhankar Dey upset fifth seed Rajeev Ouseph in straight games to win the SaarLorLux Open Badminton Championship, capping off a dream week for the 25-year-old. The unseeded Dey got the better of England’s Ouseph 21-11 21-14 in the final in just 34 minutes. Dey, who was meeting Ouseph for the first time, had no trouble in the first game. He won seven consecutive points and wrapped up the game 21-11. In the second game, Ouesph came back stronger but the world No. 64 won five consecutive points to end the competition.
“It is the biggest achievement of my life. I had expected long rallies but they turned out to be short. I am playing really well right now and I like it,” Dey said. “I did a lot of homework and it paid off. I watched his games. I was patient, relaxed, and I knew, I had nothing to lose,” he said referring to his opponent in the final. Dey had to battle it out in the semifinal against Ren Pengbo of China. The Indian overcame a nerve-wracking contest to win 21-18 11-21 24-22. He had got the better of former Olympics champion Lin Dan 22-20 21-19 in the second round.