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Penty takes top spot with Ukrainian title win

England’s Toby Penty found the perfect tonic to quash his Nationals disappointment from last weekend by winning the Kharkiv International title on the European circuit in Ukraine today.

Penty admitted he was off colour and physically below his best when beaten, as top seed, by Alex Lane in the men’s singles final at the English Nationals in Wycombe.

Now, just seven days on, Penty was emphatic in beating third seed and reigning New Zealand Open champion Lee Cheuk Yiu 21-17, 21-13 to become the first Englishman to lift a title at the Kharkiv.

The result carries more relevance given the form of his Hong Kong rival, who had beaten the likes of Indonesia's Jonatan Christie and India's Sourabh Verma, each with Superseries experience, in recent weeks.

Seeded four in Ukraine, and in his first international competition for the first time since impressing in defeat against Chou Tien Chen at the World Championships, Penty was back to his usual self.

His semi comeback win over France’s Thomas Rouxel at the semi final stage demonstrated all the typical resilience that has become a familiar hallmark of his game.

The Kharkiv International title continues a strong 2017 for Penty on the European circuit on which he has reached three finals and picked up two title wins in the year.