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Sourabh Varma lost but he can take a lot of heart from his performance and especially the way he came back to have a game point after being shown the red card in Game 2. That itself shows his resilience. He definitely has a bright future ahead.
FULL SCORE: 21-19, 22-20 win for Shi Yuqi in 45 minutes.
The Chinese is not one to give up his chances. It doesn't take Shi Yuqi to get to a match point and convert it too. He wins it, 22-20.
The Chinese manages to save a game point to level at 20-20.
With very fast racquet work, the Chinese climbed his way back to 18-18 after going down 17-18. But unforced errors at such a crucial juncture undid all his good work and the lead switches back to the Indian who goes up 20-19.
Sourabh did claw his way back to 15-15 but Yuqi's variation is once again troubling him. The Chinese cleverly manages to force the Indian into errors as he soars to 17-15.
Yuqi looks very much at ease and is keeping his head calm while Sourabh obviously looks flustered after the point deduction. The Chinese leads 14-12 and extends it to 15-13.
Unfortunately, Varma has been given a red card and a vital point has been deducted and he now trails 10-12. The reason for the deduction is still not known.
Sourabh took one point to make it 10-10 but the Chinese went into the mid-game break, leading 11-10.
Yuqi's recent confidence has helped him back into this game. After levelling at 9-9, he went on to inch ahead 10-9.
The game continues to be extremely competitive and it is Varma now who has once more grabbed a lead of 9-7.
The Chinese, however, quickly took a couple of points to make it 6-6.
As Yuqi starts looking a little fatigued, Varma takes his chances well and soars to 6-4.
Varma is still trying his best to throw off the Chinese and has managed to put the game back on level terms at 3-3.
Yuqi's excellent variation and angles are making life difficult for Varma. The Chinese takes a 2-1 lead in the second game.
But Yuqi converts on his second game point to take the first game 21-19.
Sourabh saves one for 19-20.
And he has also surged to 20-18 with two game points in hand.
Yuqi, however, has wrested back the lead at 19-18. His persistence has definitely paid off.
Brilliant effort from Varma to keep putting the pressure on the World No. 16. Varma leads 17-16.
Yuqi has managed to cut down the big gap but Sourabh is still in the lead, 14-13.
After the break, Sourabh has now surged to a two-point lead as he leaps to 13-11. Clearly, Sourabh is feeling a lot more confident now and has been able to impose his aggressive game on his higher-ranked rival.
Varma goes into the mid-game interval with a slender 11-10 lead.
And now it is a remarkable turnaround. Yuqi has suddenly lost his rhythm and has conceded a 10-9 advantage to the Indian.
Yuqi jumped ahead to 9-6 before Varma grabbed a point to reduce the gap to 7-9. Can he continue?
But Sourabh is fighting back and has closed the gap to just one point as he trails Yuqi, 6-7.
The fourth seed continues to put early pressure on Varma and now has a 5-3 lead.
Shi Yuqi has taken an early lead of 3-2.
The Chinese too has come with his confidence level sky-high after clinching the French Open Superseries title last week and will undoubtedly make it tough for Sourabh.
Shi Yuqi, however, will be a different challenge. The World No. 16 has a 1-0 record over the Indian and his only win came this year in January.
Good evening and welcome to the Sportskeeda liveblog of the Bitburger Open final. It has been a great tournament for the Verma brothers - Sourabh and Sameer. However, it was only Sourabh who managed to reach the final with a 21-15, 21-18 win over the 15th seeded Anders Antonsen.
He has been in great form of late and has now reached the finals of four consecutive tournaments, winning the last one at the Chinese Taipei Masters last month. It was his first triumph at the Grand Prix level and he has been able to continue with that confidence this week at the Bitburger Open too.