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Kashyap to face Srikanth in Syed Modi final, Saina to play Marin

January 24, 2015 22:54 IST

Indian shuttlers Saina Nehwa in action during the semi-final of the Syed Modi International Badminton tournament in Lucknow on Saturday

Indian shuttlers Saina Nehwa in action during the semi-final of the Syed Modi International Badminton tournament in Lucknow on Saturday. Photograph: PTI

It will not be a Saina Nehwal versus P V Sindhu final in the women's singles but the men's singles will be an all-Indian affair with P Kashyap and K Srikanth set to clash for the title at the $120,000 Syed Modi International Badminton tournament, in Lucknow.

Defending champion Saina is now one step away from retaining her women's singles title as she disposed off fourth seed Nichaon Jindapon of Thailand 21-10, 21-16 in the semi-final at the Babu Banarasi Das Indoor Stadium.

Saina will take on Spanish second seed and reigning World Champion Carolina Marin, who dispatched Sindhu 21-13, 21-13 in the other semi-final, which lasted 38 minutes.

Indian shuttler Parupalli Kashyap during the semi-final of the Syed Modi International Badminton tournament in Lucknow on Saturday

Indian shuttler Parupalli Kashyap in action during the semi-final of the Syed Modi International Badminton tournament in Lucknow on Saturday. Photograph: PTI

In the men's singles, World No 5 Srikanth also continued his rampaging form and entered the final for the second successive time with a hard-fought victory over compatriot H S Prannoy, who had clinched the Indonesia Masters last year.

The top seed Indian dropped the opening game before beating Prannoy 12-21, 21-12, 21-14 in a match that lasted an hour and four minutes in the men's singles competition.

Srikanth will take on third seed compatriot Parupalli Kashyap, who rallied to beat Denmark's second seed Viktor Axelsen 18-21, 22-20, 21-7.

In the doubles, it was curtains for the fifth-seeded pair of Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy as they were defeated by fourth seeds Vladimir Ivanov and Ivan Sozonov of Russia 12-21, 18-21.

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