The Syed Modi International Badminton Championship is one of the eleven Super 300 tournaments on the badminton tour. The tournament is one of two Badminton World Federation (BWF) World Tour tournaments played in India.
Started in 1991, the tournament was played as the national level championship till 2003 before it became an international level competition in 2004. The tournament was included in the BWF Grand Prix level series in 2009 before it was alleviated to BWF Grand Prix Gold tournament in 2011.
Named after the 1982 Commonwealth Games Men’s singles champion Syed Modi, the tournament will be played from 20th November to 25th November 2018 Babu Banarasi Das Indoor Stadium in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh. In the 2018 edition of the tournament, the total prize money will be increased to $150,000 from $120,000 in 2017.
In the Men’s singles, India’s Sameer Verma defeated B. Sai Praneeth 21-19, 21-16 in an all-Indian final. Verma and Praneeth were the eighth and ninth seed of the competition respectively.
India’s top two female badminton players, P.V.Sindhu and Saina Nehwal, were expected to play the final of the tournament. However, Nehwal was forced to withdraw from the tournament following an injury. In the absence of any major competitor, the top seed Sindhu lifted the Women’s singles trophy defeating Gregoria Ma Tunjung 21-13,21-14 in the final.
In the Men's doubles, then the world number four Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen had it easy beating Lu Ching Yao and Yang Po Han 21-14, 21-15 in the final.
The Women's singles also did not produce any upset as the top seed Kamilla Rytter Juhl and Christinna Pedersen defeated Indian pair of Ashwini Ponnappa and Reddy N.Sikki 21-16,21-18.
Pranaav Jerry Chopra and Reddy N. Sikki came better of compatriot Reddy B.Suneeth and Ashwini Ponnappa in the final to lift the Mixed doubles crown. Chopra and Sikki won the final by 22-20, 21-10.
In both the men’s and women’s singles, the top-ranked players except Indians are unlikely to participate in the tournament. In the men's singles, the current world number five Kidambi Srikanth and the world number eleven HS Prannoy will start the tournament as the favourites.
In the women’s singles, India’s two badminton golden girls, P.V.Sindhu and Saina Nehwal, are likely to contest for the crown.
Currently ranked third in the men's doubles list, Mathias Boe and Mogensen are likely to defend their title while in the women's double, defending champion Kamilla Rytter Juhl and Christinna Pedersen will be the favourite for the title if they participate in the tournament.
Currently ranked fifth in the mixed doubles in the world , Mathias Christiansen and Christinna Pedersen played in the previous edition with different partners. If they choose to participate this year, they will be the favourite to win the tournament.