Two-time Olympic medallist PV Sindhu ended her title drought after beating young compatriot Malvika Bansod in straight games to win her second women’s singles title at the Syed Modi India International BWF Super 300 tournament. The Indian world No 7 had not won a title since her world championship triumph in 2019, with her latest upset came in the semifinals of the India Open.
“From the first game I just went for the win and it was important for me that every point mattered. Even though I was leading I didn’t take it easy, maybe a couple of points I made unforced errors but I made sure I came back into the game and thought that I should be consistent,” Sindhu said after the match. Follow us for more online sports betting and sports badminton news and updates!
The final, which only lasted for 35 minutes, was dominated by Sindhu. She raced to 11-1 in four minutes and won the first game in 14 minutes before Bansod, ranked 84th in the world, rallied in the second half. The 26-year-old shuttle though didn’t lose her grip, winning 21-16 to wrap up the match. It was Sindhu’s second Syed Modi title after having annexed the BWF World Tour Super 300 event in 2017.
Earlier, the all-French men’s singles final between Arnaud Merkle and Lucas Claerbout was declared a ‘No Match’ after both players reportedly tested positive for Covid-19. “BWF can confirm one of the finalists tested positive for Covid-19 this morning. The other finalist is deemed a close contact and has also been withdrawn,” badminton’s world body said in a statement.
Meanwhile, seventh seeds Ishaan Bhatnagar and Tanisha Crasto won the mixed doubles title, beating compatriots T Hema Nagendra Babu and Srivedya Gurazada 21-16, 21-12, while Tressa Jolly and Gayatri Gopichand lost to Anna Cjing Yik Cheong and Teoh Mei Xing 12-21, 13-21 in women and Krishna Prasad Garga and Visnuvardhan Goud lost to Man Wei Chong and Kal Wun Tee 18-21, 15-21.
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