Syed Modi International: Saina Nehwal focusing on fourth title to win


Lucknow: Former world number one Saina Nehwal will hope to secure her fourth ladies’ singles title at the Syed Modi International Badminton Championship when she challenges Yue Han of China in the summit confrontation of the competition here on Sunday.

Second seed Nehwal had on Saturday bounced back unequivocally from a diversion down to secure a 12-21, 21-7 , 21-6 prevail upon Indonesia’s Ruselli Hartawan and book her place in the finals.

The 28-year-old shuttler had prior won the titles in 2009, 2014 and 2015 releases of the competition.

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In the men’s singles occasion, ruling victor Sameer Verma will likewise mean to shield his title when he goes up against Lu Guangzu of China in the last match.

Sameer had before beaten Chico Aura Dwi Wardoyo of Indonesia 21-13, 17-21, 21-8 out of an exciting semi-last conflict that endured very nearly 60 minutes.

In the interim, ladies’ duplicates match of Ashwini Ponnappa and N. Sikki Reddy and men’s copies team of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty will likewise play their separate last matches later in the day.

Ponnappa and Reddy will square off against the Malaysian group of Chow Mei Kuan and Lee Meng Yean in the ladies’ duplicates occasion, while Rankireddy-Shetty will confront Indonesia’s Fajar Alfian and Muhammad Rian Ardianto.

In the last-four conflict, the Indian ladies’ copies match had crushed Ekaterina Bolotova and Alina Davletova of Russia 21-18, 21-16 out of 38 minutes. Rankireddy and Shetty had moved beyond the Danish group of Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen 22-20, 25-23 of every a 48-minute semi-last match.




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