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2016 Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold: Can PV Sindhu clinch a second straight title in two weeks?

582   //    25 Jan 2016, 22:49 IST
Saina Nehwal in action
Defending champion Saina Nehwal wont be in action

The 2016 edition of the Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold has been dealt a big blow ahead of the main draw on Wednesday with World No.2 Saina Nehwal pulling out of the main draw. There were reports of the 25-year-old not having completely recovered from the injury and hence perhaps not competing in the tournament but in the latest draws that have emerged, Tanvi Lad has been added in place of the 2015 World Championships silver medalist,

Giving Tanvi company in the Women’s Singles will be PV Sindhu, who is fresh off her second Malaysian Grand Prix Gold title triumph and is yet to be beaten in 2016. She will face off against a qualifier in her opening round match,

India will have a sizeable contingent in the Men’s Singles with the likes of Siril Verma, RMV Gurusaidutt giving the pros like Kidambi Srikanth, Parupalli Kashyap company in this category,

Manu Attri and Sumeeth Reddy will lead the Men’s Doubles contingent and they will be joined by Pranaav Jerry Chopra and Akshay Dewalkar. Also, in the fray will be the likes of Shlok Ramachandra and K.Nandagopal.

In the Women’s Doubles, the hopes will be pinned on Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa who will look to put their best foot forward in front of their home fans.

It promises to be an exciting week of action at the Babu Banarasi Das Stadium in Lucknow and hopefully, by the end of it, the fans who will be expected to flock the venue would have had their money’s worth.

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