P. Kashyap clinches Austrian Open title

The reigning Commonwealth Games champion defeated June Wei Cheam in the final to bag his first international title in over three years.

P. Kashyap saw off June Wei Cheam 23-21, 21-14 in 37 minutes. (File Photo)   -  PTI

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.

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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.