PV Sindhu ends 28-month title drought with Syed Modi International victory, defeating Malvika Bansod

PV Sindhu defeated Malvika Bansod to win the Syed Modi India International Cup. BAI

Two-time Olympic medallist PV Sindhu eased past young compatriot Malvika Bansod in straight games to win her second women's singles title at the Syed Modi International badminton tournament in Lucknow on Sunday.

Playing in a depleted field due to multiple COVID-19 cases, top seed Sindhu hardly broke sweat, getting past Bansod 21-13 21-16 in a lop-sided title clash. The final lasted just 35 minutes.

It was former world champion Sindhu's second Syed Modi title after having annexed the BWF World Tour Super 300 event in 2017. Sindhu has endured a title drought ever since her World Championship victory at Basel in August, 2019.

Before that, seventh seeded Indians Ishaan Bhatnagar and Tanisha Crasto clinched the mixed doubles title with a straight game win over compatriots T Hema Nagendra Babu and Srivedya Gurazada.

Bhatnagar and Crasto inflicted a 21-16 21-12 on the unseeded Indian duo in the summit clash that ended in 29 minutes.

Eighth seeds Anna Ching Yik Cheong and Teoh Mei Xing of Malaysia defeated seventh seeds Treesa Jolly and Gayatri Gopichand 21-12 21-13 to win the women's doubles crown.

The story was same for the Indians in the men's doubles final as the sixth seeded pair of Krishna Prasad Garaga and Vishnuvardhan Goud were outclassed 18-21 15-21 by eighth seeds Man Wei Chong and Kai Wun Tee of Malaysia.

Earlier, the all-French men's singles final between Arnaud Merkle and Lucas Claerbout was declared a 'No Match' after one of the finalists tested positive for COVID-19, with the other deemed a 'close contact'.