PV Sindhu Cruises Into Second Round Of Syed Modi International

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Two-time Olympic medalist PV Sindhu entered the second round of the Syed Modi International Super 300 tournament with a dominant win over compatriot Tanya Hemanth in the women’s singles competition on Wednesday. The 26-year-old from Hyderabad, who lost in the India Open Super 500 semi-finals last week, defeated Tanya 21-9, 21-9 in lopsided competition at the Babu Banarasi Das Indoor Stadium. Sindhu, a former world champion, will face the American Lauren Lam, who managed to overcome Ira Sharma 15-21, 21-16, 21-16.

In other women’s singles matches, Samiya Imad Farooqui, who won the Bulgarian International Championship and finished runner-up at the Polish Open last year, overcame stiff resistance from Shruti Mundada 17-21 21-11 21-10, while Sai Uttejitha Rao Chukka, a quarterfinalist in the 2018 edition, defeated Anjana Kumari 21-9 21-12 in all-Indian matches.

Samiya will face compatriot Kanika Kanwal, who defeated American Disha Gupta 21-15 16-21 21-6, while Sai will face Aakarshi Kashyap, who had reached the quarterfinals at the Indian Open.

Prerana Neeluri, Smit Toshniwal, Anupama Upadhyaya, Kriti Bharadwaj also entered the second round of the women’s singles.

In men’s singles, Kaushal Dharmamer, Chirag Sen, Mithun Manjunath and Raghu Mariswamy also made winning starts to their respective campaigns.

While Kaushal stunned Jia Heng Jason Teh of Singapore 14-21 21-11 21-16, Lakshya Sen’s older brother Chirag recorded an easy 21-9 21-6 victory over Ansal Yadav.

Mithun beat Alap Mishra 21-15 21-8 and Raghu edged Siril verma 21-19 13-21 21-18 in another match.

Kaushal, who won the Myanmar International Series and Malvives International Challenge in 2019, will face Malaysian June Wei Cheam.

Chirag, who claimed the Kenyan international title in 2020, faces Russia’s Sergey Sirant and Mithun takes on Malaysia’s Soong Joo Ven.

Raghu faces Frenchman Lucas Claerbout next. Lucas defeated Siddharth Pratap Singh 21-15 21-8 in 33 minutes.

The seventh Indian pair of Treesa Jolly and Gayatri Gopichand Pullela outclassed Mahek Nayak and Saumya Singh 21-1, 21-4 in the women’s doubles competition.

Title contender Supanida Katethong, who had reached the final of the India Open Super 500 event last week, and fifth-seeded Russia’s Evgeniya Kosetskaya also entered the second round.

While sixth-seeded Thai left-hander Katethong beat Sri Krishna Priya Kudaravalli 21-13 21-13, Kosetskaya defeated Vaidehi Choudhari 21-16 21-10 in another match.

The fourth-seeded men’s doubles pairing of MR Arjun and Dhruv Kapila also reached the second round.

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