In the Syed Modi Championship men's singles final, at Lucknow, India's Sameer Verma locked horns with China's LU Guangzu. 12th-ranked Sameer was eyeing the championship to secure a 7th spot finish and break into the top 8 for BWF finals (from December 12). After being a game down, the Indian clawed his way back and pushed his opponent aside to retain his title. The final scoreline read: 16-21, 21-19, 21-14.
Guangzu went ahead in the first game from the initial moment. At 8-5, the Chinese had the momentum in his grasp before Sameer leveled scores at 11-11. The game was wide open for both the shuttlers. However, Sameer failed to seal the deal and conceded the opening game 16-21.
Sameer rectified his errors and led from the onset in the penultimate game. However, Guangzu kept coming back. It was leveled at 7-7 and 16-16. While Sameer didn't run away with the game, he managed a lead throughout. In the crucial moments, Sameer kept himself alive in the contest after taking the second game 21-19.
It was all to play for in the decider. The game was an intense encounter wherein both Sameer and Guangzu fought hard. Sameer was ahead by 6-3 before the score got leveled at 7-7. Further, Guangzu gave up the momentum (10-7) to see the score become identical at 10-10. From that point, Sameer looked the better player and broke Guangzu's resistance to emerge on top; 21-14. Having played a lot of close matches, Sameer edged past Guangzu to retain the championship.
In match statistics, Sameer trailed Guangzu 6-7 in most consecutive points won. In total points played, 35, Sameer led 21-14.
Ashwini-Reddy lose as well
In the women's doubles final, Ashwini Ponnappa and N. Sikki Reddy were up against Malaysia's Chow Mei Kuan and Lee Meng Yean. The Indian pair lost in straight games to lose the championship courtesy a final scoreline: 15-21, 13-21. Ashwini and Reddy were ordinary in their style of play and never looked in their elements. They were far from being dominant and didn't come close to take a lead at any point.
In match statistics, Ashwini-Reddy trailed Chow Mei and Lee 3-4. On the other hand, in total points played (70), they were behind by a 28-42 margin.
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