Kashyap stuns Srikanth to win Syed Modi GP title

Lucknow, Jan 25: Parupalli Kashyap beat K Srikanth in an all-India final to win men's singles crown of the Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament here today.

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Third seeded Kashyap stunned world number five Srikanth 23-21 23-21 to clinch the men's sigles title after a gruelling 52-minute contest.

Kashyap celebrates after winning Syed Modi Grand Prix title

The men's singles final match turned out to be a closely fought affair with both players refusing to give an inch. In the opening game, Kashyap managed to take a lead on a couple of occasions but every time top seed Srikanth levlled the scores at some stage.

It was a hard-fought game from 16-16 to 21-21 before Kashyap reeled off two quick points when it mattered the most, to run away with the first game. Second game also went on similar lines till 13-13 before world number 15 Kashyap won four points on a trot to open up a 17-13 lead and then further extended it to 19-15.

But not the one to give it up without a fight, Srikanth picked up four successive points to make it 19-19. Tied once more on 21-21, Kashyap yet again kept his cool to earn the two most crucial points and seal the issue in his favour.

In mixed doubles, Indian pair of Manu Attri and K Maneesha went down to top seeded Indonesian combo of Riky Widianto and Puspita Richi Dili 17-21 17-21 to finish runners-up.


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