Star Indian shuttler PV Sindhu on Sunday defeated Gregoria Mariska to win Syed Modi International Championship Women’s single title held in Lucknow.
Sindhu registered a comprehensive victory over Gregoria with score line of 21-13, 21-4.
This is Sindhu’s first Syed Modi International GPG and sixth Grand Prix Gold.
This victory indicated that Sindhu has matured as a player after winning silver medal at Rio Olympics in 2016.
Earlier on January 13, 2017, Rio Olympics silver medallist PV Sindhu on Friday defeated Saina Nehwal in a crucial match of Premier Badminton League at New Delhi’s Siri Fort stadium.
“I am very happy to win this trophy as this is the first international tournament in 2017 for me. I am glad to start this year with victories—first the PBL and now this GPG. (Gregoria) Mariska is an upcoming player and she also played well,” Sindhu, who cantered to a 21-13 21-14 win over the young Indonesian in the women’s singles finals, told agencies.
Sindhu had come close to winning the trophy in 2014, but suffered a loss against compatriot and former World No. 1 Saina Nehwal in the finals.
“After this tournament there will be All England. I will have to prepare for that as well and I will have to work harder to be at my best shape. It is a big tournament,” she had said earlier.
“There is also World Championship and many other Super Series events, so I would want to take it step by step. My coach will decide what events I will play after Syed Modi as fitness wise also you have to strategise because every tournament is important for me.”
(With Inputs from Agencies)