Yonex Shuttlers Excel at Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold

The 2015 Syed Modi International Championship Grand Prix Gold came to a close on January 25th, with several members of Team Yonex coming back with titles.

Women’s singles saw an all-NANORAY final, with Saina Nehwal (NANORAY 900) and Carolina Marin (NANORAY Z-SPEED, SHBF1NLTD) competing neck and neck for the title. The first game saw Saina reach a solid 16-12 lead, but Carolina came rushing back to tie it up at 17-17, with the Spanish shuttler eventually winning at 21-19. The second game proved to be even more intense, with neither shuttler able to create a two-point lead after the game reached a 15-15 tie. While Carolina managed to stay ahead of Saina—and even took match point—Saina came back with ferocious tenacity, winning game 2 at 25-23. The decider shifted more towards Saina’s favor, maintaining the lead from 3-3. While Carolina attempted to catch up, it was Saina who won the title, 19-21, 25-23, 21-16.

Men’s singles saw fellow Indian shuttlers face off in the final. After a 18-21 22-20 21-7 win against 2014 BWF World Championships bronze medallist Viktor Axelsen (ARCSABER 11SHB-87EX) in the semifinal, Kashyap Parupalli (ARCSABER 11, SHBSC2iEX) went up against China Open winner K. Srikanth. Both shuttlers boasted swift and agile movement about the court as they lead one another on, while striking with brutal attacks. The first game proved precarious for Kashyap, with Srikanth initially grabbing the game point. However, Kashyap persevered, taking game 1 at 23-21. The second game also proved intense, with Indian hopeful Srikanth once again grabbing game point. Kashyap’s determination proved rock solid regardless, catching up with his opponent once again to take the match with two consecutive points, ending with a resounding smash. The final score came to 23-21, 23-21.

Men’s doubles put two pairs of towering shuttlers head-to-head, with Mathias Boe (ARCSABER 11, SHBSC6iEX)/Carsten Mogensen (ARCSABER 11SHB87LTD)meeting up with 2014 European Champions Vladimir Ivanov (VOLTRIC 80SHB01LTD)/Ivan Sozonov (VOLTRIC 80SHB87LTD). The Danes exhibited excellent control during rallies, taking game 1 at 21-9. The second game proved more of a challenge for the Danish pair, with the two Russians bringing the second game to a tie at 20-20. However, team ARCSABER came out on top in the end with a crushing smash, ending the match at 21-9, 23-21.

Women’s doubles was an all-Malaysian, all-NANORAY outing, with Anscelly Amelia Alicia (NANORAY 900,  SHB87LTD)/Soong Fie Cho (NANORAY 700RP,  SHB87LTD) and Hoo Vivian Kah Mun (NANORAY Z-SPEED,  SHB87LTD)/Woon Khe Wei (NANORAY Z-SPEEDSHB87LTD) going against each other for the title. World No. 32 Anscelly Amelia Alicia/Soong Fie Cho defeated the Malaysia No. 1 pair and Commonwealth Games gold medallists at 22-20, 21-15, grabbing their first title.

Syed Modi International Championship Grand Prix Gold 2015 Tournament Results

Men’s Singles (Final)

[3] Kashyap Parupalli (ARCSABER 11, SHBSC2iEX)(IND)  def. [1] K. Srikanth (IND) 23-21, 23-21

Women’s Singles (Final)

[1] Saina Nehwal (NANORAY 900)(IND) def. [2] Carolina Marin (NANORAY Z-SPEED, SHBF1NLTD)(ESP) 19-21, 25-23, 21-16

Men’s Doubles (Final)

[1]Mathias Boe (ARCSABER 11, SHBSC6iEX)/Carsten Mogensen (ARCSABER 11SHB87LTD)(DEN) def. [4] Vladimir Ivanov (VOLTRIC 80SHB01LTD)/Ivan Sozonov (VOLTRIC 80SHB87LTD)(RUS) 21-9, 22-20

Women’s Doubles (Final)

[4] Anscelly Amelia Alicia (NANORAY 900SHB87LTD)/Soong Fie Cho (NANORAY 700RP, SHB87LTD)(MAS) def. [1] Hoo Vivian Kah Mun (NANORAY Z-SPEED,  SHB87LTD)/Woon Khe Wei (NANORAY Z-SPEEDSHB87LTD)(MAS)  22-20, 21-15

*Photos of Saina, Mathias and Carsten taken at 2014 BWF World Destination Dubai World Superseries Finals

*Photo of Marin taken at 2014 Hong Kong Open

*Photo of Kashyap taken at 2014 French Open