30 January 2017 Current Affairs: 2016 Olympic silver medalist PV Sindhu and Sameer Verma on 29 January 2017 won the men’s singles and the women’s singles titles respectively at the Syed Modi International Badminton Championships.
To win the title, while Sindhu defeated Indonesia's Gregoria Mariska in the summit clash in straight games 21-13 21-14, Sammer Verma defeated B Sai Praneeth 21-19 21-16.
For Sindhu, it was her maiden women’s singles title at the tournament.
Overall, India won three titles out of the five events in the tournament, while the Men’s Doubles title and Women’s Doubles title were won by foreign nationals.
India won the Mixed Doubles title when Pranaav Jerry Chopra and N Sikki Reddy emerged champions by defeating fellow Indians Ashwini Ponnappa and B Sumeeth Reddy 22-20 21-10 in the summit clash.
In the Women's Doubles final, the Denmark duo of Kamilla Ryter Juhl and Christina Pedersen defeated the Indian duo of Ashwini Ponnappa and Sikki Reddy 21-16 21-18.
The Men's Doubles title was also claimed by Denmark. In the summit clash, Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen emerged winners against the Chinese Taipeh pair of Lu Ching Yao and Yang Po Han in straight games 21-14 21-15.
P V Sindhu : Born on 5 July 1995, Pusarla Venkata Sindhu is an Indian professional badminton player.
She received international attention as she broke into the Top 20 in the Badminton World Federation rankings released on 21 September 2012. On 10 August 2013, she became the first ever Indian women's singles player to win a medal at the 2013 World Championships.
On 30 March 2015, she received India's fourth highest civilian honour, Padma Shri.She also became the second Indian female shuttler to win an Olympic medal after Saina Nehwal's Bronze medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.
In August 2016, she won the won historic silver medal in women’s singles badminton event at Rio Olympics.