P.V Sindhu, Sameer Verma capture Syed Modi crowns

P.V. Sindhu clinches her first Syed Modi International title. (photo: AP)

Lucknow: Olympic silver medalist P.V. Sindhu was among the Indian shuttlers that clinched 3 titles at the Syed Modi International Badminton Championships on Sunday.

The No. 1 seed in women’s singles P.V. Sindhu started in the opening set with a 17-7 lead before finishing the set 21-13 over Gregoria Mariska of Indonesia who stunned No. 6 seed Hanna Ramadini in the semis.P.V. Sindhu clinches her first Syed Modi International title. (photo: AP)

The rampaging Sindhu delivered a stunning reminder of her class in the second set with a crushing 21-14 win over Mariska.

“I am excited to win the Syed Modi title as this is my first international tournament title this year. I am also happy to start the year by winning the Premier Badminton League (PBL) and now the India GPG,” said Sindhu.

India’s national champion Sameer Verma made the home crowd particularly happy by clinching his maiden Grand Prix Gold (GPG) title in the men’s singles category. Verma fought back from 5-11 in both sets to outwit compatriot Sai Praneeth B. 21-19, 21-16 in a 44-minute final encounter.

“This is my first GPG title and it gives me a lot of confidence to defend my title at the India national champion next week,” said Sameer.

Sameer Verma injured his shoulder after winning the Indian National championship last April.  He was able to reach the semifinals of Bitburger and the finals at Hong Kong Open after recovered from his injury.

In an all Indian mixed doubles final, No. 2 seeds Pranaav Jerry Chopra/Reddy N. Sikki needed 40 minutes to beat No. 7 seeds Reddy B. Sumeeth/Ashwini Ponnappa 22-20, 21-10 to win the mixed doubles title.

Earlier the day, Denmark shuttlers won both the women’s doubles and men’s doubles titles. World No. 2 Kamilla Rytter Juhl and Christinna Pedersen packed off unseeded Ashwini Ponnappa/Reddy N. Sikki 21-16, 21-18 for the women’s doubles crown.

In another one-sided match, World No. 3 Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen were barely troubled by Chinese Taipei’s Lu Ching Yao and Lu Ching Yao, as the Danish pair crushed the Taiwanese pair 21-14, 21-15 in the men’s doubles final.


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