2011 is the most difficult year for Taufik Hidayat.Â His world ranking slipped to 12th from 2nd on the beginning of the year.Â He stands below players who actually have below winning averages against him, such as Tien Minh Nguyen (ranked 8t) or even Kenichi Tago (ranked 11th) who only won once against him.
However in this final month of December 2011, Taufik finally grabs his first title of the year by beating Sourabh Verma of India in Syed Modi Memorial India Open Grand Prix Gold
Badminton Championship.Â Taufik Hidayat asserted his class and won 21-15, 21-17.Â
In the second game, Verma had a chance when he took a four-point
lead, 15-11, in the second game, but two back-to-back unforced errors
allowed Hidayat to reduce the margin and race to 21-18. Verma sent a powerful return
outside the backcourt to bring the curtains down on the 46-minute
“It was a great experience to play against a player like Taufik. I
could have done better had I been more positive in my finishes,” said
Sourabh.Â Sourabh collected the runner-up cheque of $4,560.
Hidayat was impressed by his rival. “Though there were ups and down, I
maintained my rhythm. I always wanted to win this event to boost my
confidence,” he said.Â Taufik Hidayat earned $9,000 for the winner.
Men's singles: Taufik Hidayat (INA) bt Sourabh Verma (IND) 21-15, 21-17.
Men's doubles: N Kawamae/S Sato (JPN) bt A Adistia/ C Rusdianto (INA) 21-17, 12-21, 23-21.
Women's singles: Inthanon Ratchanok (THA) w/o Porntip Buranaprasertsuk (THA).
Women's doubles: Shinta Mulia Sari/Lei Yao (SIN) bt Miyuki Maeda/
Satoko Suetsuna (JPN) 21-17, 21-18. Mixed doubles: Prapakamol/S
Thoungthongkam (THA) bt M Rijal-D Susanto (INA) 16-21, 21-18, 21-11.