PV Sindhu wins Syed Modi International title | Badminton News

LUCKNOW: Two-time Olympic medalist PV Sindhu edged past young compatriot Malvika Bansod in straight matches to win her second women’s singles title at the Syed Modi International Badminton Tournament here on Sunday.
Sindhu, playing in a depleted field due to multiple COVID-19 cases, barely worked a sweat to overtake Bansod 21-13 21-16 in a one-sided title fight.
The final lasted only 35 minutes.
It was former world champion Sindhu’s second Syed Modi title after annexing the BWF World Tour Super 300 event in 2017.
Before that, seventh seeded Indians Ishaan Bhatnagar and Tanisha Crasto clinched the mixed doubles title with a straight win over compatriots T Hema Nagendra Babu and Srivedya Gurazada.
Bhatnagar and Crasto inflicted a 21-16 21-12 on the unseeded Indian duo in the summit clash that ended after 29 minutes.
Previously, the men’s singles final between Arnaud Merkle and Lucas Claerbout was declared a ‘no match’ after one of the finalists tested positive for COVID-19.
Eight-seeded Anna Ching Yik Cheong and Teoh Mei Xing of Malaysia defeated seventh-seeded Treesa Jolly and Gayatri Gopichand 21-12, 21-13 to win the women’s doubles crown.
The story was the same for the Indians in the men’s doubles final as sixth-seeded pair Krishna Prasad Garaga and Vishnuvardhan Goud were outclassed 18-21, 15-21 by eighth-seeded Man Wei Chong and Kai Wun Tee of Malaysia.
It was expected to be a one-sided women’s singles match between world number seven Sindhu and youngster Bansod, ranked 84th in the world, and it turned out to be just that.
Sindhu used her vast experience and skill to great effect as Bansod found it extremely difficult to adapt to her opponent’s play from the start.
The Tokyo Olympics bronze medalist started from the start and was leading 7-0 in no time. The ace shuttle used her size and reach to increase her lead to 11-1 at break.
After the break, Bansod tried to improve their game and picked up a few points to close the gap, but it wasn’t a game for a much superior Sindhu, who finished the first game with consummate ease.
“From the first game I just wanted to win and it was important to me that every point counted. Even though I was in the lead maybe I didn’t take it lightly, some points I made unforced errors but I made sure I came back into the game and thought I should stay consistent,” Sindhu said after the game.
However, the second game produced a better fight, with Bansod doing her best to up her game and she did, but it wasn’t enough to challenge Sindhu’s class.
Sindhu used her size to mix her smashes with pinpoint drop shots that Bansod couldn’t counter as the Olympic medalist went 11-4 at the break.
Sindhu continued in the same vein, although Bansod did their best to forge a comeback, saving four points in the trot to reduce the deficit to 17-12.
Bansod managed to pick up four more points but lacked temper and class as Sindhu finished the competition with no fuss.
“Overall it’s been a good week, good games so I’m happy with the win,” said Sindhu.
The Olympic star praised India’s benching prowess and Bansod for their spirited show in the tournament.
“Every game throughout the week was important because although I’ve played with Indians, I’ve seen good, talented young players coming up and doing really well,” said Sindhu.
“It was good that she (Bansod) is an up and coming player and she’s doing really well. She had some good games in the quarter-finals and semi-finals. She played well and there were some good rallies.”
Sindhu described her win over Supanida Katethong in the quarterfinals here as a “sweet revenge” for her Thai rival who ousted her in the semifinals of the Indian Open last week.
“I think it was a sweet revenge. At the India Open I lost to Supanida and here I won against them in the quarterfinals.”
Sindhu said she is happy with her game and looks forward to winning more laurels for the country in the future.
“My game is perfectly fine. Last week at the Indian Open it wasn’t my day and I think it’s happening.
“On this day it depends on who plays well and does their best. But I played with her (Supanida) again here and it was a sweet revenge to win against her this time, so I’m happy with my form .”
“Each medal means a lot to me because of the many memories associated with it, and I’m sure and I hope to win many more medals in the future,” concluded Sindhu.

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