Indian Star shuttler Subhankar Dey won the 2018 SaarLorLux Open HSBC world tour 100 level tournament. The world No. 64 Subhankar Dey of India created a huge upset in the final of SaarLorLux open here in Germany after beating Title favourite Rajiv Ouseph in the final. He won the final in two straight games by 21-11, 21-14 in just 34 minutes of play. It is the first title of the year for the 25-year-old Kolkata born Shuttler.
In the women’s singles all Chinese finals, Cai Yanyan beat Chen Xiaoxin by 21-19, 19-21, 21-17 in a match of just two minutes short of an hour mark. Stoeva sisters of Bulgaria took the women’s doubles crown after beating the Indonesian pair by 22-20, 15-21, 21-19 in an hour and 12 minutes long match.
Subhankar played excellent badminton throughout the whole tournament and showed a great display of badminton against the higher ranked players. Earlier he beat the two-time Olympic champion Lin Dan in the pre-quarterfinals of the same tournament. This title is a big morale-booster for the Indian shuttler for upcoming season-ending tournaments.
Subhankar Dey took the initial lead by 11-5 until the mid-game interval in the opening game. After that, the 2017 European champion tried to get a few points but Dey finished off the first game with 21-11. In the second game also Dey maintained the lead up to mid game interval by 11-8 and maintained the lead till 16-14. After that, he won the five consecutive points and sealed the match in his favour in just 34 minutes of play.