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Kashyap bags GP, Sindhu loses in final

India’s Parupalli Kashyap was the toast of town as he won his maiden men’s singles tier-three badminton event at the Syed Modi International India Grand Prix Gold here on Sunday.

The second seed and favourite overcame a tough challenge from Thai Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk to win 21-19, 14-21, 21-17 in one hour and 12 minutes at the Babu Banarasi Das Indoor Stadium.

In the women’s singles final, second seed P.V. Sindhu of India failed to come out victorious against Indonesian seventh seed Lindaweni Fanetri.

Kashyap, World No.20, came from behind to win the first game. Despite a sprain in his back which he has had throughout the tournament, Kashyap did not falter and came back from 7-13 down to first level at 17-all and then win the game.

In the second game, the Thai fought back and dictated terms, not giving the lead even once to Kashyap. The third game was dominated by Kashyap who took the lead after being level at 6-all.

Earlier, World No.24 Sindhu lost 15-21, 21-18, 18-21 in a marathon match lasting one hour and 12 minutes. Fanetri levelled their head-to-head to one-all, after having lost in the qualification rounds of the All England Open this year.
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