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Syed Modi badminton tourney: Srikanth, Pranaav-Akshay enter final

January 30, 2016 19:43 IST

Akshay Dewalkar and Pranaav Jerry Chopra

IMAGE: Akshay Dewalkar and Pranaav Jerry Chopra in action. Photograph: Facebook

Rising Indian doubles duo of Akshay Dewalkar and Pranaav Jerry Chopra stunned World No 7 Koreans Kim Gi Jung and Kim Sa Rang in an edge-of-the-seat semi-finals to seal their maiden Grand Prix Gold final, while K Srikanth also stormed into the men's singles final at the Syed Modi International, in Lucknow, on Saturday.

The World No 36 Indian combo punched over their weight when they edged out Gi Jung and Sa Rang, the two-time World Championship bronze medallist pair, 25-23, 13-21, 21-17 in a match that lasted an hour and four minutes.

Kim Sa Rang, who hit the net twice to hand over the match to the Indian pair in the decider, found the loss a bitter pill to swallow and broke all the racquets in his bag in anger after the match. He was also shown the yellow card for throwing his racquet after the defeat.

Earlier, India's ace shuttler K Srikanth cruised into the finals of $120,000 event with a lop-sided straight-game win over Thailand's Boonsak Ponsana in the semi-finals of the men's singles event at the BBD UP Badminton Academy.

In a completely one-sided contest, Srikanth made mincemeat of 11th seed Ponsana 21-14, 21-7 in 32 minutes to set up a summit clash with China's Huang Yuxiang, who edged out fellow compatriot Shi Yuqi 17-21, 22-20, 21-12 in a thrilling semi-final.

Among others in fray, Commonwealth Games silver medallists Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa failed to break the Korean pair of Jung Kyung Eun and Shin Seung Chan and went down sheepishly 14-21, 16-21 in a women's doubles match that lasted 39 minutes.

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