Sindhu, the top seed, easily pocketed the first game 21-11 before Kosetskaya conceded the second women’s singles semi-final match. Former world champion Sindhu will face compatriot Malvika Bansod in the summit clash on Sunday
Two-time Olympic medallist PV Sindhu reached the women’s singles final of the Syed Modi International badminton tournament after her fifth seeded Russian opponent Evgeniya Kosetskaya retired hurt midway into their semi-final here on Saturday.
Sindhu, the top seed, easily pocketed the first game 21-11 before Kosetskaya conceded the second women’s singles semi-final match. Former world champion Sindhu will face compatriot Malvika Bansod in the summit clash on Sunday.
Malvika defeated another Indian, Anupama Upadhyaya, 19-21, 21-19, 21-7 in a tough three-game contest. It was expected to be an easy outing for Sindhu going by form, world ranking as well as head-to-head record.
However, it was curtains for India in men singles as Mithun Manjunath fought his heart out before bowing out 19-21, 21-17, 9-21 against Arnaud Merkle of France in the semi-finals.
In the women’s doubles the seventh seeded Indian pair of Treesa Jolly and Gayatri Gopichand entered the final with a come-from-behind 17-21, 21-8, 21-16 win over Malaysian duo of Low Yeen Yuan and Valeree Siow.
The Indian pair will be up against eight seeded Malaysian combination of Anna Ching Yik Cheong and Teoh Mei Xing in the final.
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