Syed Modi World Tour: Sameer Verma retains title, Saina loses in finals


Lukhnow: Indian shuttler Sameer Verma retained his title and won the final, while his compatriot Saina Nehwal suffered a defeat in the Syed Modi International Championships in Lucknow on Sunday.

In the men’s singles final, Sameer registered a 16-21, 21-19, 21-14 win against his sixth-seeded Chinese opponent Lu Guangzu with the score of 16-21, 21-19, 21-14.

While in the first game Sameer struggled to score points and eventually lost the game at 16-21, the Indian made a comeback in the second game with  21-19.

In the decider set, Sameer started slowly and managed to build the point gap by mid break at 11-10. Sameer maintained a healthy gap and eventually won the third game 21-14.

In the women’s singles, Saina suffered defeat as she lost to Han Yue of China in straight games of 18-21, 8-21.

In the men’s doubles finals, the Indian pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty lost 11-21, 20-22 to Indonesia’s Fajar Alfain Muhammad Rian Ardianto.

In the women’s doubles final, Ashwini Ponnappa and Sikki Reddy lost 15-21, 13-21 to Malaysia’s Chow Mei Kuan and Lee Meng Yean.

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