Sourabh Verma's impressive run at the Syed Modi International tournament came to an end after he lost in straight games to Chinese Taipei's Wang Tzu Wei in the men's singles final in Licknow on Sunday.
The 26-year-old Indian, who won two BWF Super 100 titles in Hyderabad and Vietnam this year, went down 15-21 17-21 to world no 22 Tzu Wei in a 48 minutes to miss out on his maiden Super 300 crown.
Sourabh came into the clash with a 1-1 head-to-head record, having lost narrowly to Tzu Wei at the Tong Yun Kai Cup in March this year.
The Indian, who was beat Korea's Heo Kwang Hee in the semi-final on Friday, couldn't produce his best in the final as Tzu Wei claimed his first title in three years.
The duo engaged in long rallies with Sourabh gaining an early 7-4 advantage. But Tzu Wei then tried to play closer to the net and it worked as he took a 11-10 lead at the break. The Taiwanese dominated the proceedings after the interval and eventually sealed the opening game after the Indian made a judgement error at the backline.
In the second game, Sourabh struggled with the length and lagged 0-5 at the start. But he fought his way back to narrow the gap to 5-7 before a focussed Tzu Wei managed to hold on to a three-point lead at the break.
The momentum shifted in Sourabh's favour after the break as he clawed his way back at 13-13 when Tzu Wei went wide. The Taiwanese, however, again took the lead and grabbed three championship points and sealed the match when Sourabh went long again.