87th ranked veteran Indian badminton player Arvind Bhat defeated the 12th seeded Danish player Kristian Vittinghusin in the men’s singles final at the German Open Grand Prix Gold. He won the prize money of USD 120,000 after the tough contest lasted over an hour.
The Indian shuttler beat the 12 seed Kristian Vittinghus 24-22 19-21 21-11 in the finals. With this win he also becomes the first Indian player to win the title in this tournament.
The contest was quite a close affair with Arvind taking the first game in a dramatic turnaround from 18-20 down to save the next four game points and eventually taking the first game. Danish player immediately took control of the next set and reclaimed the second game back to level the match. It came down to the thrilling last set in which Arvind made use of his vast experience over his opponent to capture the game and the title.
Coming into the tournament, unseeded Arvind has beaten all the higher ranked players except in the first round. He caused a major upset in semi-finals when he defeated Chinese Taipei’s 15th seed Tien Chen Chou 21-12, 12-21, 22-20 in a marathon thriller which lasted over 56 minutes.
The 34-year old Arvind has been India’s seasoned campaigner and represented the country in over 100 international events. Prior to this win, he had 6 international titles including Scottish Open. But it has been a long time since he last won an event before he hit the purple patch during the German Open.