16 July, Chennai
There was no stopping Harinder Pal Sandhu as the Indian ace annexed the Victorian Open title in Australia Sunday. A SRFI release here said this was his fourth PSA title in a row since May.
The Indian in a short span of time swelled his kitty to nine titles, the highest by an Indian male player in the professional circuit beating Ritwik Bhattacharya’s mark of eight earlier. In the final, the third seeded Harinder beat top seed Rex Hedrick of Australia, a player who was several rungs above the Indian in world rankings, 12-14, 11-3, 11-4, 11-7.
Except for the tight first game which was won by the Australian, Harinder was at his best thereafter as he combined power and precision to wear down the local favourite in 77 minutes. This has been an amazing 17-match unbeaten streak for the Indian starting with the Malaysian Tour success in early May.
The Makati Open in Philippines and the South Australian Open victory followed before today’s title triumph.