Syed Modi International: Sindhu advances with ease; Covid cases force more withdrawal

Top seed P. V. Sindhu and Indian Open finalist Supanida Katethong stayed on course for the second clash in less than a week after easily winning their campaign-opener in the $150,000 Syed Modi India International badminton tournament at the Babu Banarasi Das Stadium on Wednesday.

Sindhu needed 27 minutes to dismiss Tanya Hemanth 21-9, 21-9 before Supanida, seeded six, packed off Sri Krishna Priya 21-13, 21-13 in 28 minutes. The prospective quarterfinal-clash involving Sindhu and Supanida on Friday gives the Indian a chance to avenge the loss suffered in the India Open semifinals, last Saturday.

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Meanwhile, positive Covid cases continued to lead to more withdrawals from the Indians. Though an unwell Ng Tze Yong (Malaysia) gave a walkover, others were forced to pull out of the tournament after testing positive or for being the primary contact of those affected by Covid.

Eight matches proved non-starters after doubles players Satinder Malik, Kushal Raj, Bhavya Chhabra, Ridhi Kaur Toor, Apoorva Javadekar, Deepak Khatri tested positive. As a result, their partners also had to withdraw from the competition.

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