Syed Modi International 2023: Tressa & Gayatri Enter Quarterfinals
Published On: 01 Dec 2023 Updated On: 01 Dec 2023
Indian women’s badminton players Tressa Jolly and Gayatri Gopichand reached the women’s doubles quarterfinals at Syed Modi International 2023 badminton tournament held in Lucknow on Thursday, 30th of November 2023. Both Tressa Jolly and Gayatri Gopichand are bronze medal holders at the Commonwealth Games, yesterday, made it to the top eight pairs after defeating fellow Indian pair Dhanyaa Nandakumar and Ridhi Kaur Toor 21-9, 21-5 in their second-round clash. Tressa Jolly and Gayatri Gopichand who are in the seed four will compete against fellow Indians Tanisha Crasto and Ashwini Ponnappa of seed seven, who defeated badminton players Rutaparna and Swetaparna Panda, in an intense battle of 22-20, 17-21, 21-16 in their second round clash.
On the other hand, Indian badminton players Ritika Thaker and Simran Singhi along with the pair Shikha Gautam and Ashwini Bhat K did not make it up to the quarterfinals as they lost in the second round of battles in the Badminton women’s doubles event at Syed Modi International 2023. Simultaneously, the badminton women’s singles event at Syed Modi International reached its end for Indian players on Wednesday, 29th of November 2023, as Unnati Hooda, Ashmita Chaliha and Anupama Upadhyaya lost in the final round of 16. Ranked No.79 in the world BWF Rankings, Unnati Hooda, lost to former world badminton champion Nozomi Okuhara, hailing from Japan, at 9-21, 13-21. Previously, Unnati Hooda had defeated fellow compatriot Aakarshi Kashyap in the opening game.
One more shuttler from Japan, Aya Ohori, who is a third-seeded player overthrew, Indian shuttler Ashmita Chaliha with a straight win of 7-21, 13-21. Anupama Upadhyaya lost to Chinese Taipei’s Sung Shuo Yun, an eighth-seeded player in the BWF Super 300 event. Another doubles pair from India, Janani Ananthakumar and Ruthvika Shivani Gadde also did not make it up to the end as the team lost to Malaysia’s Wong Ling Ching and Lalinrat Chaiwan from Thailand respectively, during second-round clashes of respective competition.
Kiran George got kicked out of the event after he faced defeat against Chinese Taipei’s Chia Hao Lee in a close battle of 16-21, 21-18, 20-22, in the men’s singles match that took place for one hour and eleven minutes. However, Priyanshu Rajawat proceeded to the quarterfinals after his fellow compatriot slash opponent Satish Kumar Karunakaran was forced to retire midway through the event. This made Priyanshu take the lead at that point.
Even in the mixed doubles event and men’s doubles event, Indian players did not make it through. While Ashwini Ponnappa and Rohan Kapoor & B Sumeeth Reddy and N Sikki Reddy dropped out of their respective events after losing, Dhruv Rawat and Chirag Sen also faced a huge defeat and were ousted from the men’s double event. The results obtained in the Syed Modi International 2023 Badminton event will serve as a bridge to connect players with the upcoming Olympics event. The ranks obtained by the players decide whether the player is eligible to earn a ticket to the Paris 2024 Olympics.