Sameer Verma Retains Syed Modi Title, Saina Loses In Finals
India’s Sameer Verma defeated Lu Guangzu of China in the men’s singles final to successfully defend and win the Syed Modi International Championships in Lucknow held last fortnight. Sameer registered a 16-21, 21-19, 21-14 win against his sixth-seeded Chinese opponent in a match that lasted an hour and 10 minutes. However, in the women’s singles, world number nine Saina Nehwal suffered an 18-21, 8-21 loss to China’s Han Yue.
This was Sameer’s third title major win, following victories at Swiss Open and Hyderabad Open. In the women’s singles, Saina suffered a crushing defeat as she lost to fourth-seeded Han Yue in straight games. Saina looked off-colour as Han Yue clinched the victory in the finals in just 34 minutes. In the men’s doubles finals, the Indian pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty lost 11-21, 20-22 to Indonesia’s Fajar Alfain Muhammad Rian Ardianto.