Syed Modi International: PV Sindhu storms into quarter-finals

At the Babu Banarasi Das Indoor Stadium, the top seed required only 33 minutes to defeat Lam 21-16, 21-13.

PV Sindhu in a file photo; Credit: Twitter/@AjinkkyaGumate

PV Sindhu, a former champion and top seed, advanced to the quarter-finals of the Syed Modi India International after defeating Laura Lam of the United States in straight games on Thursday, January 20 in Lucknow. At the Babu Banarasi Das Indoor Stadium, the top seed required only 33 minutes to defeat Lam 21-16, 21-13. In the quarter-finals, PV Sindhu will face Thailand’s Supanida Katethong, who is seeded sixth. On Thursday, Katethong upset India’s Kriti Bharadwaj 21-11, 21-7 in the women’s singles second round.

PV Sindhu, the 2017 Syed Modi Super 300 champion, was eliminated in the semi-finals of the India Open Super 500 tournament in New Delhi earlier this month. In the last four rounds, the World No. 7 had fallen in three games against her quarter-final opponent Katethong. When she faces Katethong in the Lucknow quarter-final, she’ll be looking to make a statement. Sindhu will be looking to win a title at home and get off to a good start in the new season.

Easy win in first round

PV Sindhu means business at the ongoing Syed Modi International 2022 where she is hungry to win a title after having stayed without a title win since the 2019 World Championships in Basel. Making light work of her Indian opponent, Tanya Hemanth, PV Sindhu casually side-stepped the challenges thrown by Hemanth in just 27 minutes to win the opening round encounter in a 21-9, 21-9 showing.

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The double Olympic medallist that she is, Sindhu was also expected to win the title at the recently concluded India Open where her fellow Indian badminton shuttlers, Lakshya Sen and the dynamic doubles duo of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy/Chirag Shetty went on to defeat the World Champion, Loh Kean Yew and the 3-time World Champion pair of Mohammad Ahsan/Hendra Setiawan to lift the Super 500 title. However, the top-seeded Sindhu had a hiccup against Thailand’s Supanida Katethong where she lost to her in three sets, therefore, missing out on making a bid for the title.

At Syed Modi International, there has been a mass-scale withdrawal owing to a variety of factors, the most obvious of which is the mischief being caused by the COVID-19 virus, leading to the Super 300 event having a very depleted field. For World No. 7 Sindhu, this is an opportunity to get a title as she does not have much competition. Given her dominating performance today against the World No. 132 player, Tanya Hemanth, Sindhu should not have much trouble getting her way.



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