Syed Modi International: Men’s Singles Title Assured, Sikki & Ashwini Reach two semifinals

Syed Modi international 2017 semifinals

After being blanked in Men’s Doubles on Thursday, Indians dominated the quarterfinals of Syed Modi International on Friday assuring at least one title sealing all the four semifinal spots of Men’s Singles. Srikanth is two wins away from defending his title, while Sameer Verma shocked 2nd seed Vittinghus, leading him 3-0 now in career meet. Ashwini Ponnappa and Sikki Reddy reached semifinals in two doubles event. In Women’s doubles they shocked 2nd seeds, while in Mixed doubles Ashwini with Sumeeth shocked 3rd seeds. The semifinals will have 9 Indians (Singles/doubles), 5 from Indonesia, 4 from Denmark (doubles), 1 each from Malaysia and Taipei (Doubles). Whoever wins the semifinals, Men’s Singles title and one place in Final of Women’s Doubles is assured for India on Sunday. Check results of quarterfinals, and schedule of semifinals.

Shortest and longest matches of the day in the quarterfinals of all events today was in Women’s Singles. Winner by PV Sindhu was the shortest that finished in 26 minutes, while the longest match of the day was the loss of Rituparna das who was unlucky to lose the final set 21-23.

Sindhu will play against Fitriani for the first time. Last week, Saina Nehwal defeated Fitriani in the Quarterfinals of of Malaysia Masters.

Winners of Quarterfinal Matches
WS: Top seed PV Sindhu def Vaidehi 21-15 21-11 in 26 minutes
MS

    15th seed Harsheel Dani def 12th seed Emil Holst (Denmark) 21-16 17-21 21-11 in 49 minutes
    8th seed Sameer Verma def 2nd seed Hans-Kristian Vittinghus (Denmark) 21-15 21-13 in 36 minutes
    3rd seed Srikanth Kidambi def 7th seed Zulfadli 21-12 21-17 in 43 minutes
    9th seed Sai Praneeth def 11th seed Sourabh Varma 21-1912-2121-10 in 56 minutes

Mixed Doubles

    7th seed Ashwini Ponnappa / Sumeeth Reddy def 3rd seed Indonesian pair 21-18 23-21 in 48 minutes
    2nd seed Sikki Reddy / Pranaav Jerry Chopra def 8th seed Prajakta Sawant/Yogendra 21-16 21-19 in 34 minutes

Women’s Doubles

    Sanjana/Arathi def 4th seed Meghna/Poorvashi 12-21 21-12 21-9 in 51 minutes
    Ashwini Ponnapa/Sikki Reddy def 2nd seed Malaysian pair 21-14 21-18 in 41 minutes

Lost in Quarter finals
WS

    Sri Krishna Priya lost to 6th seed Hanna Ramadini (Indonesia) 21-17 21-15 in 35 minutes
    Rituparna Das lost to 4th seed Fitriani 21-17 13-21 23-21 in 58 minutes

Women’s Doubles

    Aparna Balan / Prajalka Sawant gave walkover to top seed Danish pair
    Sruthi/Haritha lost to 3rd seed Malaysian pair 21-17 21-9 in 28 minutes

Semifinals Schedule on Saturday
Mixed Doubles

    Top seed Nielsen/Pedersen (Denmark) vs 7th seed Ashwini Ponnappa / Sumeeth Reddy
    5th seeds Mathias/Sara (Denmark) vs 2nd seed Pranaav / Sikki Reddy

Women’s Doubles

    Ashwini Ponnappa / Sikki Reddy vs Sanjana Santhosh / Arathi Sara Sunil
    Top seed Kamilla Rytter Juhl / Christinna Pedersen (Denmark) vs 3rd seed Malaysian pair of Yin/Yap

Women’s Singles

    PV Sindhu vs 4th seed Fitriani (Indonesia)
    6th seed Hanna Ramadini vs Gregoria Mariska (Both from Indonesia)

Men’s Singles

    15th seed Harsheel Dani vs 8th seed Sameer Verma
    3rd seed Srikanth Kidambi vs 8th seed Sai Praneeth

Men’s Doubles

    7th seed Berry/Hardianto (Indonesia) vs 8th seed Ching Yao / Yang (Taipei)
    Top seed Mathias Boe / Mogensen (Denmark) vs 4th seed Fajar/Rian (Indonesia)

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