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Hyderabad Open 2018: Sameer Verma vs Soong Joo Ven final, Live Score and Match Updates

Verma def Soong 21-15, 21-18 to win the Hyderabad Open
Updated: 09 September 2018 19:22 IST - Published: 09 September 2018 17:31 IST
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India finishes this tournament with two titles.


Earlier Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty won the men's doubles title. But Pranaav Jerry Chopra and Sikki Reddy went down fighting in the mixed doubles final after having match points.
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For the crowd, it was a sheer delight seeing their homegrown player win the title. Verma trains at the Gopichand Academy and winning the title in that very city must have meant a lot for him. 
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Sameer trailed for most part of the first game. But champions always find a way to raise their level, and that is exactly what he did too.
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Final score: Verma def Soong 21-15, 21-18 to win the Hyderabad Open
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This is Verma's second title of the season!

He earlier won the Swiss Open, a Super 300 tournament in February.
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And Sameer seals the win with a huge overhead smash!!!!
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Sameer has match points now!

20-18
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Body smash from Soong and he closes the gap to just one point!

Trails 18-19
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It's 19-16 to the Indian now!
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Some excellent defence from both ends in the shuttle going long from the Malaysian!

18-16 to Verma!
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One huge smash down the middle by the leftie!

Soong trails 15-17
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Sameer is rushing to the net and taking time away from his opponent.

17-14 to the Indian now!
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Soong got one point back but it's Sameer all the way since then!

2 more points and he is up 15-12
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And Verma is still looking very much in control!

It's 13-11 to the Indian
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The Malaysian seems to have some discomfort at the knee and is getting treatment.
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Verma still manages to go ahead to 11-10 at the midgame interval.
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It's 10-10 now after the Malaysian started taking the shuttle early.
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An error of judgement from the Malaysian!

It's 10-8 to the top seed
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And Sameer has edged ahead now.

It's 8-7 to the Indian
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And Soong doesn't want to let this go away so easily.

He comes back to level this at 5-5 and keeps it going.

6-6 now
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And Verma has already surged to 5-3
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It's 2-2 in the second game
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What a comeback that was from the top seed!
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Sameer absolutely dominating now!

Soong has no answer!

Sameer gets the first game 21-15
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