Lucknow, January 30: Olympic silver medalist PV Sindhu clinched her maiden women's singles crown at the Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament on Tuesday. On the other side, National Champion Sameer Verma also bagged the title in the men’s singles.
Top seed PV Sindhu playing in her first tournament of the year defeated Indonesia's Gregoria Mariska in the summit clash in straight games 21-13, 21-14. "I am very happy to win this trophy as this is the first international tournament in 2017 for me. I am glad to start this year with victories -- first the PBL and now this GPG. (Gregoria) Mariska is an upcoming player and she also played well," Sindhu said following her win.
On the other hand in the men’s singles, Sameer Verma fought back from 5-11 down in both the games to outwit fellow Indian B Sai Praneeth in the men's singles final. Praneeth looked slightly in discomfort with his right shoulder and also committed too many unforced errors to hand over the match, despite earning early leads.
This time India also claimed the Mixed Doubles title, when Pranaav Jerry Chopra and N Sikki Reddy emerged winners by beating compatriots Ashwini Ponnappa and B Sumeeth Reddy 22-20 21-10 in the final.
India scooped up three titles out of the five events in this tournament. In the Women's Doubles final, the Denmark duo of Kamilla Ryter Juhl and Christina Pedersen beat the Indian combination of Ashwini Ponnappa and Sikki Reddy 21-16, 21-18.
Whereas, the Men's Doubles title was also claimed by Denmark, when Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen emerged winners against the Chinese Taipeh pair of Lu Ching Yao and Yang Po Han in straight games 21-14, 21-15.