Verma wins Hyderabad Open
Hyderabad, September 9
Sameer Verma and the pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty lived up to the top billing by clinching the men’s singles and doubles titles, respectively, at the Hyderabad Open badminton tournament.
Top seed Verma defeated Malaysia’s Soong Joo Ven 21-15 21-18 in the men’s singles summit clash of the $75,000 tournament. Rankireddy and Shetty came out victorious, beating third seeded Indonesian pair of Akbar Bintang Cahyono and Moh Reza Pahlevi Isfahani 21-16 21-14 to win the men’s doubles title.
However, a hat-trick of titles eluded India as another top-seeded local pair, Pranaav Jerry Chopra and N Sikki Reddy, came out second best in the mixed doubles final. Chopra and Reddy toiled for 55 minutes before losing 21-15 19-21 23-25 against sixth seeds Akbar Bintang Cahyono and Winny Oktavina Kandow of Malaysia.