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Syed Modi Badminton: PV Sindhu reaches semi-finals

27 Jan 2017 | Written by Rishikesh Malkhede; Edited by NewsBytes Desk
2017 Syed Modi International Grand Prix Gold: Updates!

Rio Olympic silver medalist Pusarla Venkata Sindhu reached the semi-finals of Syed Modi International Badminton Championships after she defeated Vaidehi Choudhari in the quarter-final match in Lucknow today.

Sindhu won the match 21-15, 21-11 in just 26 minutes.

In her quest for the first title this year, she will now face Indonesia's Fitriani in the semi-final match tomorrow.

In context: 2017 Syed Modi International Grand Prix Gold: Updates!

AboutSyed Modi International Badminton Championships

The Syed Modi International Badminton Championship is an international championship held annually at the Babu Banarasi Das Indoor Stadium, Lucknow.

Named after former badminton Indian player Syed Modi, it was first played in 1991. The tournament became a BWF Grand Prix event in 2009 and was upgraded to BWF Grand Prix Gold event in 2011.

Its 2017 edition would take place from 24-29 January.

Prize money of the tournament

After been upgraded to the BWF Grand Prix Gold event, the prize money of the tournament has been raised to $120,000 from $50,000.
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27 Jan 2017Syed Modi Badminton: PV Sindhu reaches semi-finals

It's an all Indian semi-final at Lucknow

Men's singlesIt's an all Indian semi-final at Lucknow

The men's semi-finals will see Indian men up against each other at the Lucknow's Babu Banarasi Das Indoor Stadium.

B. Sai Praneeth, Srikanth Kidambi, Sameer Verma and Harsheel Dani defeated their respective opponents in the quarters match to reach the semis.

Praneeth will face Kidambi in the first semis clash tomorrow while, Verma will be up against Dani.

Ashwini Ponnappa in two semi-finals

Ashwini Ponnappa reached the semi-finals in two events today. Along with B. Sumeeth Reddy, she reached the semis of mixed doubles. She defeated the second seeded Malaysian pair to reach the women's doubles semis with N. Sikki Reddy.

28 Jan 2017PV Sindhu in finals of Syed Modi International Badminton Championships

PV Sindhu defeated Indonesia's Fitriani to reach the women's singles finals of 2017 Syed Modi International Badminton Championship in Lucknow.

Sindhu won the match 21-11, 21-19 in 38 minutes.

She will now face 17-year old Indonesian player Gregoria Mariska Tunjung in the finals tomorrow.

The teenager had defeated fellow Indonesian Hanna Ramadini 21-19, 21-14 in her semi-finals match.

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DetailsAshwini Ponnappa in two finals at the tournament

Ashwini Ponnappa converted both her doubles semi-finals match into a win with her respective partners.

In the women's doubles semis, she defeated Indian pair of Sanjana Santosh and Arathi Sara Sunil 18-21, 21-12, 21-13 along with N. Sikki Reddy.

She partnered with B. Sumeeth Reddy in the mixed doubles semi-finals to defeat Denmark's Christina Pedersen and Joachim Fischer Nielsen 19-21, 21-18, 21-18.

29 Jan 2017Sindhu wins Syed Modi International Badminton Championship

PV Sindhu won her first women's singles Syed Modi International Badminton Championship title, defeating Indonesia's Gregoria Mariska 21-13, 21-4.

The Badminton Association of India took to Twitter to celebrate Sindhu's hard-fought victory, tweeting "Pvsindhu1 is the CHAMP again! #IndiaGPG Winner!"

Mariska was put on the defensive from the start of the game and struggled to keep up with Sindhu's height advantage.