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Sindhu, Kashyap in finals of Syed Modi International

Dev Sukumar
EXPERT COLUMNIST
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951   //    22 Dec 2012, 19:10 IST
India's Kashyap Parupalli plays a shot a

Parupalli Kashyap (FILE PHOTO)

PV Sindhu and Parupalli Kashyap stormed into the two singles finals of the Dr KL Garg- Syed Modi International Grand Prix Gold tournament in straight games today.

The two victories offset the disappointment Indian fans felt at Saina Nehwal withdrawing from her opening round match after holding match point. While Sindhu eased past Thailand’s Sapsiree Taerattanachani 21-12 21-14, Kashyap had to weather a strong fightback from Indonesia’s Tommy Sugiarto 21-18 23-21.

Kashyap seemed to have the match wrapped up with a 17-9 lead in the second game, but Sugiarto was tenacious and slowly clawed his way back. He equalised at 19 all – taking ten points, compared to just two from Kashyap, saved one match point, and even earned a game point of his own at 21-20. However, the top-ranked Indian kept his composure and won the next three rallies to enter the Grand Prix Gold final.

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In the final on Sunday, Sindhu will take on Indonesia’s Lindaweni Fanetri, while Kashyap plays Tanongsak of Thailand. Lindaweni Fanetri overcame the challenge of the young Japanese Nozomi Okuhara 22-20 21-16, while Tanongsak was an easy winner over Yunus Alamsyah of Indonesia 21-14 21-17.

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Dev Sukumar
EXPERT COLUMNIST
Dev S Sukumar is the recipient of the Badminton World Federation (BWF) Media Award, 2011. He is India's most widely travelled badminton writer, having covered several international tournaments, including the Olympics, the Asian Games, the CWG Games, World Championships, the All England, the Denmark Open, the Malaysia Open, etc. He has covered badminton for over ten years now. During this period he has met fascinating characters, witnessed great matches, and has authored a biography of Indian badminton great Prakash Padukone. He has written on the game for several publications, including Sports Illustrated, Mint, Badminton Asia magazine, The New Indian Express, Hindustan Times, DNA and IANS. He tweets at twitter.com/shuttlemania
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