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Syed Modi International tournament: P.V. Sindhu, Mithun Manjunath storms into semi-finals

In Badminton, Indian shuttlers will be competing in the semi-finals of Syed Modi International tournament in Lucknow today. Two-time Olympic medallist P.V. Sindhu will face fifth-seeded Russian Evgeniya Kosetskaya in the Women’s Singles semifinals. The top-seeded Indian defeated sixth seed Supanida Katething of Thailand 11-21, 21-12, 21-17 in the quarterfinals yesterday.

In the Men’s Singles, Mithun Manjunath will meet Arnaud Merkle of France in the Last Four today. Manjunath advanced to the last four after beating Sergey Sirant of Russia 11-21, 21-12, 21-18 in the quarter-final match yesterday.

However, fifth-seeded HS Prannoy crashed out of the tournament with a straight-game defeat to Arnaud Merkle in the quarterfinals.

In the Mixed Doubles event, the Indian pair of MR Arjun and Treesa Jolly will face compatriots and seventh-seeded pair of Ishaan Bhatnagar and Tanisha Crasto in the semifinals today. Arjun and Jolly beat the eight seeded French duo of William Villeger and Anne Tran 24-22, 21-17 in the quarterfinal yesterday. The Bhatnagar-Crasto pair beat another Indian duo of Ashith Surya and Pranjal Prabhu Chimulkar 21-13 21-19 in the quarterfinals.

In the Men’s doubles, sixth-seeded Krishna Prasad Garaga and Vishnuvardhan Goud Panjala will face fellow Indian pair of Prem Singh Chouhan and Rajesh Verma in the semifinals today. Garaga and Panjala defeated the duo of Ishaan Bhatnagar and Sai Pratheek 21-17 21-18 in an all-India quarterfinal match.

In the other Men’s doubles semifinal match, fourth seeded Indian pair of MR Arjun and Dhruv Kapila will lock horns with Malaysia’s Man Wei Chong and Kai Wun Tee. They defeated the French pair of Fabien Delrue and William Villeger 21-16, 19-21, 21-19.

In the Women’s Doubles, Indian pair of Haritha M Harinarayanan and Ashna Roy will take on eight-seeded Malaysian pair of Anna Ching Yik Cheong and Teoh Mei Xing in the semi-finals.

Seventh-seeded Indian pair of Treesa Jolly and Gayatri Pullela Gopichand will face Malaysia’s Low Yeen Yuan and Valeree Siow in another Women’s Doubles semifinals match. The Indian pair upset second-seeded Russian duo of Anastasiia Akchurina and Olga Morozova 24-22 21-10 in the quarterfinal match.

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