Reigning Commonwealth Games champion P. Kashyap overcame Malaysia’s June Wei Cheam in straight games to clinch the Austrian Open International Challenge, his first international title in over three years.
Kashyap, a former National champion and second seed, saw off Cheam 23-21 21-14 in a 37-minute clash late on Saturday.
Kashyap didn’t drop a single game en route to his title win. The final, however, was not a cakewalk. The first game went down to the wire; in the end, Kashyap had to save three game points before pocketing the first game.
Kashyap looked in better control in the second game to waltz through to the win.
A former World No. 6, Kashyap has been hindered in his career pursuit due to a calf-muscle tear. He went under the knife for a knee injury, suffered a dislocation of his right shoulder, a hamstring pull and an abdominal strain — all within the last few years.