Sourabh Verma

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Sourabh Verma (born 30 December 1992) is a badminton player from India.[1] He was three times captured the men's singles title at the Indian National Championships. Verma reached a career high world ranking of no. 30 in 2012.[2]

Sourabh Verma
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Personal information
Born (1992-12-30) December 30, 1992 (age 27)
Dhar, Madhya Pradesh, India
ResidenceHyderabad, India
Height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
CoachPullela Gopichand
Men's singles
Highest ranking29 (3 December 2019)
Current ranking29 (3 December 2019)
BWF profile

Career overviewEdit

Sourabh Verma started his career in badminton at the young age introduced by his father Sudhir Verma.[1] In 2011, he won the Indian National Championships in the senior singles category.[3] Verma won his first international title by winning the Bahrain International Challenge. In the same year, he was the runner-up at India Open Grand Prix Gold after losing to the former Olympic champion Taufik Hidayat.[4]

In 2012, Sourabh Verma reached a career high of no. 30 in the world ranking,[1] with the best results throughout the year were the quarter finalists at the Malaysia and Thailand Open Grand Prix Gold, also at the China Masters Superseries.[5][6]

Sourabh Verma won back-to-back international titles in 2013 and 2014. First of them being 2013 Tata International Challenge held at Mumbai where he defeated Prannoy Kumar.[7] Verma grabbed the next title at 2014 Iran Fajr International Challenge beating Alrie Guna Dharma and the 3rd title in the row was taken by becoming the champion at the 2014 Austrian International Challenge causing an upset to his higher ranked opponent Hsu Jen-hao.[8] Sourabh Verma also finished as the runner-up in a neck to neck match with Simon Santoso at the 2014 Malaysia Open Grand Prix Gold. He represented his country competed at the 2014 Asian Games.[9][10]

In 2015, he finished as the runner-up at the Tata Open India International lost to his younger brother Sameer Verma in straight games.[11] He also was the runners-up at the 2016 Belgian International, Polish International, and Bitburger Open.[12] In October 2016, he clinched the Grand Prix title at the Chinese Taipei Masters, after his opponent Liew Daren retired in the third game due to a shoulder injury.[13]

In 2017, he won his second title at the Indian National Championships.[14] In the international event, his best results were the quarter finalists at the Syed Modi International and New Zealand Open.[15] In 2018, he won the BWF Tour Super 100 level tournaments in Russian Open and Dutch Open.[16] He participated at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta.[10]

In February 2019, Sourabh Verma won his third title at the Indian National Championships.[17]


BWF World Tour (4 titles, 1 runner-up)Edit

The BWF World Tour, announced on 19 March 2017 and implemented in 2018,[18] is a series of elite badminton tournaments, sanctioned by Badminton World Federation (BWF). The BWF World Tour are divided into six levels, namely World Tour Finals, Super 1000, Super 750, Super 500, Super 300 (part of the HSBC World Tour), and the BWF Tour Super 100.[19]

Men's singles

Year Tournament Level Opponent Score Result
2019 Syed Modi International Super 300   Wang Tzu-wei 15–21, 17–21   Runner-up
2019 Vietnam Open Super 100   Sun Feixiang 21–12, 17–21, 21–14   Winner
2019 Hyderabad Open Super 100   Loh Kean Yew 21–13, 14–21, 21–16   Winner
2018 Dutch Open Super 100   Cheam June Wei 21–19, 21–13   Winner
2018 Russian Open Super 100   Koki Watanabe 18–21, 21–12, 21–17   Winner

BWF Grand Prix (1 title, 3 runners-up)Edit

The BWF Grand Prix has two levels, the BWF Grand Prix and Grand Prix Gold. It is a series of badminton tournaments sanctioned by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) since 2007.

Men's singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
2016 Bitburger Open   Shi Yuqi 19–21, 20–22   Runner-up
2016 Chinese Taipei Masters   Liew Daren 12–10, 12–10, 3–3 Retired   Winner
2014 Malaysia Masters   Simon Santoso 21–15, 16–21, 19–21   Runner-up
2011 Syed Modi India Open   Taufik Hidayat 15–21, 18–21   Runner-up
     BWF Grand Prix Gold tournament
     BWF Grand Prix tournament

BWF International Challenge/Series (5 titles, 3 runners-up)Edit

Men's singles

Year Tournament Opponent Score Result
2019 Slovenian International   Minoru Koga 21–17, 21–12   Winner
2016 Polish International   Victor Svendsen 27–29, 13–21   Runner-up
2016 Belgian International   Lucas Corvee 19–21, 19–21   Runner-up
2015 Tata Open India International   Sameer Verma 11–21, 18–21   Runner-up
2014 Austrian International   Andre Kurniawan Tedjono 21–11, 21–23, 21–18   Winner
2014 Iran Fajr International   Alrie Guna Dharma 21–13, 21–11   Winner
2013 Tata Open India International   H.S. Prannoy 21–12, 21–17   Winner
2011 Bahrain International   H.S. Prannoy 25–23, 21–12   Winner
     BWF International Challenge tournament
     BWF International Series tournament


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  2. ^ "National badminton champion Sourabh Verma rues lack of financial support". India Today. 18 February 2019. Retrieved 14 September 2019.
  3. ^ "Sourabh Verma is new national badminton champion". The Times of India. 25 January 2012. Retrieved 16 August 2012.
  4. ^ "Indonesia's Taufik Hidayat defeated Sourabh Verma to win the $120000 India Open Grand Prix". Jagran Prakashan Ltd. 26 December 2011. Retrieved 14 September 2019.
  5. ^ "Saina in semis, Indian men crash out of Thailand Open". The New Indian Express. 9 June 2012. Retrieved 14 September 2019.
  6. ^ "China Masters 2012 Results: Sindhu and Jayaram Shine". 15 September 2012. Retrieved 14 September 2019.
  7. ^ "Sourabh Varma overcomes Prannoy to win Tata Open crown". Times of India. Retrieved 24 January 2015.
  8. ^ "Back-to-back titles for Sourabh Varma". Times of India. Retrieved 24 January 2015.
  9. ^ "Men's Team - Entry List by Event". Incheon 2014 official website. Archived from the original on 11 July 2015. Retrieved 10 July 2015.
  10. ^ a b "Dhar's Verma brothers create badminton history". Dainik Bhaskar. 18 June 2018. Retrieved 14 September 2019.
  11. ^ "Badminton: Sameer Verma downs elder sibling to clinch Tata Open title". News18. 13 December 2015. Retrieved 14 September 2019.
  12. ^ "Bitburger Open: Despite valiant effort, Sourabh Verma loses in final to Shi Yuqi". Firstpost. 7 November 2016. Retrieved 14 September 2019.
  13. ^ "Chinese Taipei Masters: Sourabh Verma defeats Malaysia's Daren Liew to win title". Firstpost. 16 October 2016. Retrieved 14 September 2019.
  14. ^ "Badminton Nationals: Sourabh Varma beats Lakshya Sen in final, Rituparna Das clinches women's title". Firstpost. 8 February 2017. Retrieved 14 September 2019.
  15. ^ "New Zealand Open: Indian challenge ends with HS Prannoy, Sourabh Verma out in quarter-finals". India Today. 4 August 2017. Retrieved 14 September 2019.
  16. ^ "Badminton: Sourabh Verma wins Dutch Open to bag second BWF title of the year". 15 October 2018. Retrieved 14 September 2019.
  17. ^ "Sourabh Verma defeats Lakshya Sen to claim third national title". The Hindu. 16 February 2019. Retrieved 14 September 2019.
  18. ^ "BWF Launches New Events Structure". Badminton World Federation. 29 November 2017.
  19. ^ "Action-Packed Season Ahead!". Badminton World Federation. 15 January 2018.