Syed Modi International 2022: Preview, Indian players, where to watch
The second major international badminton tournament is set to kick off in Lucknow right after the conclusion of the India Open.
The 2022 Syed Modi International Tournament is set to kick off on the 18th of January. Given the current Omicron situation in India, there is a lot of uncertainty surrounding the tournament and the safety of the players. The Babu Banarasai Stadium in Lucknow will play host to the USD $150,000 mega event that will carry on for 5 days till the 23rd. We take a look at the draws and details of the tournament.
There are a total of 17 badminton players from India in this category. Kidambi Srikanth was the 1st seed while Lakshya Sen was the 2nd seed but both withdrew from the tournament. While Srikanth had COVID-19 during the India Open, Lakshya Sen cited exhaustion reasons to pull out of the BWF Super 300 event after winning in New Delhi. Other notable players include P Kashyap, Sourabh Verma, and Sameer Verma.
PV Sindhu will be representing India in this category along with 16 other Indian shuttlers. Double Olympic medallist Sindhu is seeded in 1st place while Saina Nehwal, who withdrew last minute, was in 4th place. The other notable competitors in the event are Malvika Bansod, Aakarshi Kashyap, Supanida Katethong, and Ashmita Chaliha.
With 32 pairs in this category, Satwik Reddy and Chirag Shetty will be missing from action after their India Open victory. Without them, there will be MR Arjun/Dhruv Kapila, Tan Mend/Tan Kiong, and Vladimir Ivanov/ Ivan Sozonov among others.
The women's doubles will not be seeing the experienced duo of Ashwini Ponappa/N Sikki Reddy take up the title challenge as the first seeds after Ponnappa tested positive. Instead, a lot of other Indian pairs can be seen in action. The Russian duo of Anastasia/Olga will be one to watch out for.
India will also have 25 duos competing in the mixed doubles with several notable duos including Ishan Bhatnagar/Tanisha Crasto, Chan Peng Soon/Valeree Siow and Venkat Prasad/Juhi Dewangan.
Where to watch?
You can catch live updates of the tournament on the BWF website itself. We shall update the article upon receiving confirmation of where the tournament will be streamed.