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PBL 2016: Delhi Win Over Mumbai For Title

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NEW DELHI: Rajeev Ouseph, An Indian-origin British shuttler for Delhi Acers brought curtains over the Premier Badminton League late on Sunday evening with his Trump match to overcome RMV Gurusaidutt’s challenge 15-11, 15-6 to help Delhi win the PBL title 4-3.

Earlier, Mumbai Rockets were up with H.S. Prannoy when Delhi Acer’s top player Tommy Sugiarto put up a great comback to equal scores with Mumbai Rockets. Tommy not only overcame stiff challenge from Prannoy to keep his all win record in the league this year unscathed, he also had to overlook court invasion by dancing girls during breaks. To counter Prannoy’s powerful smashes, Sugiarto kept on probing his backhand and the result started showing. Prannoy didn’t have a Plan to outwit the Indonesian in his third game, as he was tired in the third game. Sugiarto won 13-15, 15-9, 15-9.

The mixed doubles pair of Kamilla Juhl and Vladimor Ivanov had given Mumbai the lead after quickly seeing off the meek challenge from Akshay Dewalkar and Giselle Adcock at the Siri Fort Complex.

Koo Kiet Kien and Tan Boon Heong, Delhi Acers’ men’s doubles pair from Malaysia, increased the lead when they got the better of Mathia Boe and Vladimir Ivanov 14-15, 15-10, 15-14. Down 1-2, Mumbai showed their trump card with Han Li challenging Delhi’s P.C. Thulasi. Li, the only Chinese representative in the final, lost the first game but managed to outclass in the next two to win 1215, 15-8, 15-8, thus giving Mumbai the advantage at 3-2.

Bollywood stars Akshay Kumar, Abhishek Bachchan and Ritesh Deshmukh added fun to the atmosphere with their presence. They even tried their hands at a doubles game with P.V. Sindhu and Jwala Gutta as the ‘main actors’ waited in the green room for the fun time to end.

Results: Kamilla JuhlVladimor Ivanov (MR) bt Akshay DiwalkarGiselle Adcock (DA) 15-6, 15-12. Tommy Sugiarto (DA) bt HS Prannoy (MR) 13-15, 15-9, 15-9. Koo Kiet Kien Tan Boon Heong (DA) bt Mathias Boe Vladimir Ivanov (MR) 14-15, 15-10, 15-14. Han Li (MR) bt P.C. Thulasi (DA) 12-15, 15-8, 15-8. Rajiv Ouseph (DA) bt Gurusaidutt (MR) 15-11, 15-6.

BAI Unveiled Premier Badminton League 2016 Trophy

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NEW DELHI: Badminton Association of India unveiled the trophy presented on Sunday to the winner of the Premier Badminton League 2016, the Delhi Acers!

For the first time, trophies will be presented to both the winner as well as the runner-up team. While the height of the winner’s trophy is 36″ (Gold Finish), the runner-up trophy will be 28″ (Silver Finish) and made of sterling silver.

The trophy is designed to stir up interest for badminton as it glorifies the shuttlecock which symbolises the sport. It celebrates and depicts the many facets of a sportsman and his journey from struggle to victory.

Speaking on the occasion, BAI President and PBL chairman Akhilesh Das Gupta said, “Presenting the trophy brings immense pleasure and it reflects the success of BAI’s endeavour to take the sport to the next level. The Trophy is indeed a very unique piece as it was crafted specially by Chief Designer of Ravissant, who are the best in hot enamelling.

“The Winning Team will feel proud to hold the magnificent trophy and will inspire the finalists tomorrow to compete for the beauties that the designers have created on our behalf.”

Speaking ahead of the summit clash tomorrow, H. S. Prannoy of Mumbai Rockets said, “Till now, the Star Sports PBL has been very competitive as all the teams have the best players but the final battle will tomorrow between two best teams of the League. The Trophy looks very exhilarating and its worth fighting for it.”

Delhi Acers’ Ajay Jayaram said, “It has been a awesome journey in the League and we played like a winner. Now we need to overcome the last hurdle tomorrow. Though we will have the home advantage but we can’t ignore the strengths of Mumbai Rockets, who defeated mighty Awadhe warriors yesterday. My whole team like the trophy as its very beautiful.”

The trophy is designed by the Chief Designer and exclusively handcrafted by Master Craftsman at Ravissant who is known for its exquisite and state of the art silverware across the world.

PBL-2016: Mumbai Rockets Beat Awadhe Warriors To Enter PBL Final, Will Face Delhi Acers

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HYDERABAD: Mumbai Rockets stormed into the final with an emphatic 3-0 win in the second semi-finals of the Premier Badminton League (PBL) at the Gachibowli indoor stadium on Friday.

The Mumbai side would now take on the Delhi Acers in the summit clash at the Siri Forts Sports Complex in the Capital on Sunday.

Mumbai won the Men’s Singles, Men’s Doubles and also the Women’s Singles, in which Saina played for Awadhe, to bag four points. Awadhe got one point with its win in the Mixed Doubles, but with World No. 2 Saina Nehwal suffered a crushing defeat in Awadhe Warriors’ Trump match the last match of the tie, second Men’s Singles, which was the Trump match of Mumbai, was abandoned.

It was Mumbai’s Han Li from China who pulled off the sensational 15-8, 13-15 and 15-7 victory over Saina who is currently ranked world no. 2 in Women’s Singles.

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Saina Nehwal.
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Saina lost the first game 8-15 to Han Li but the Indian managed to win the second game 15-13 after a hard-fought battle. In the decider, Han Li sensed Saina was not able to move properly, capitalized on it and won the third game and the match against saina.

In the mixed doubles match, Awadhe’s Bodin Issara and Christinna Pedersen pair beat Kamilla Juhl and Vladimir Ivanov of Mumbai 12-15, 15-13 and 15-14 in a close battle with both sides trying to outsmart each other.


H.S. Prannoy.(Image Courtesy: post.jagran.com).

H.S. Prannoy.
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After winning the match, Prannoy said: “A good win for my team after losing the first match. I had an unfortunate start and lost the first game. However, with my team’s support and motivation, I came back strongly with better strategies.

“Tanongsak is very good player and challenged me many times in the match today and which I enjoyed. I just played my attacking game and reduced my errors. Happy to level the scores for my team.”

Mumbai’s Mathias Boe and Ivanov defeated Awadhe’s Bodin and Cai in the Men’s Doubles 15-10, 12-15 and 15-13. The Men’s Doubles was also a close match with both sides leaving no stones unturned to take an advantage. The Mumbai pair, however, prevailed over their rivals in the end.

With each team winning one game each, the third game was a close contest. Though Awadhe took an early lead, but the Mumbai players fought back steadily, but Awadhe took the credit in the end.

Saina’s Loses The ‘Trump’ Card, Hands Final Berth To Mumbai

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HYDERABAD: Saina Nehwal, the world no .2 and icon player of Awadhe Warriors lost her trump match and handed over a 3-0 victory to Mumbai Rockets in the semifinals of Premier Badminton League at the Gachibowli Indoor Stadium here on Friday.

Needing a victory to keep her team in the contest, Saina failed to come to the party as she lost to Han Li 8-15, 15-13, 15-7 in the fourth match of the semifinals when Awadhe were trailing 1-2.

At this juncture, Saina stepped in to play the trump match to secure two points for her team but, however, found the going tough against the Chinese shuttler.

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Saina Nehwal.
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Sensing that Saina is struggling with her movement, Li sprayed the bird all over the court. Saina struggled to control the pace of the game and even her drops landed into the net. It was disconcerting to watch the champion shuttler gasping for breath on a few occasions, particularly in the third game.

With Saina’s loss Mumbai were not required to play their trump match.

Earlier, mixed doubles pair of Bodin Issara and Christinna Pedersen gave a good start to Awadhe by winning a closely-contested three-game encounter against Vladimir Ivanov and Kamilla Juhl 12-15, 15-13, 15-14. In the contest that went down to the wire, Ivanov played brilliantly right throughout the contest but all the good work was lost in the end as he hit the bird long to concede the winner at 14-14 in the decider.

Men’s singles shuttler H.S. Prannoy brought Mumbai back into the contest. The world No. 33 made a splendid recovery after losing the first game to beat Tananongsak Saensomboonsuk 12-15, 15-7, 15-9.

Mumbai Rockets will face Delhi Acers in the final on Sunday.

Results (2nd Semi Finals):
Mumbai bt Awadhe 4-0: Kamilla Juhl and Ivanov lost to Bodin Issara and Pedersen 15-12, 13-15, 14-15; H.S. Prannoy bt Tanongsak 12-15, 15-7, 15-9; Mathias Boe and Ivanov bt Bodin and Cai Yun 15-10, 12-15, 15-13; Han Li bt Saina Nehwal 15-8, 13-15, 15-7.

PBL: Delhi Acers power past Mumbai Rockets

BENGALURU: Delhi Acers’ Tommy Sugiarto, the 2014 world championships bronze medalist, appeared to struggle in his initial stages, failing to match the aggression of Mumbai Rockets’ H.S. Prannoy in their Premier Badminton League match on Wednesday but, however got to rhythm and won Prannoy 15-8, 15-6 at the Sree Kanteerava stadium.

P. C. Thulasi. (Image Courtesy: www.thehindu.com).

P. C. Thulasi.
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In the day’s opening match, Mumbai’s imposing mixed-doubles duo of Vladimir Ivanov and Kamilla Rytter Juhl were given a tough fight by Akshay Dewalkar and Aparna Balan. The Indian pair was comfortably ahead at 13-9 in the opening game, before the Russian and his Danish partner pulled away for a 15-13, 15-11 win.

Rajiv Ouseph won the trump match against R. M. V. Gurusaidutt comfortably 15-7, 15-10 in the fifth match of the tie, as Delhi Acers pulled off a 4-1 win against Mumbai Rockets

P.C. Thulasi of Delhi Acers beat Ruthvika Shivani 15-11, 8-15, and 15-13 in an exciting encounter. “This is a confidence booster win for our team, it was a Trump match for Mumbai and after winning the first set I lost focus in the 2nd and paid the price. Luckily I held my nerves in the third and managed to win a vital point for our team,” she said.

The Delhi Acers won 5-0 to go top of the table with 20 points ahead of Mumbai Rockets after their final league clash.

PBL: Tough Task Ahead For Top Guns

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The Bengaluru Top Guns attempt to overturn a disastrous Premier Badminton League (PBL) campaign on their favour and are looking into book their berth into the semifinals of the six-team event.

The Bengaluru Top Guns currently with (8 points) have to win all their five matches to get one point (14) including the Trump match ahead of the Smashers to enter into the semi finals.

Bengaluru Top Guns

Bengaluru Top Guns.
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Today’s (Wednesday, 13-Jan-2016) event takes place at the Sree Kanteerava stadium against Chennai Smashers (13).

Led by champion shuttler P.V. Sindhu, Smashers had mixed results winning only 11 of their 20 matches so far.

The Hyderabadi will not play the trump match, as she already taken on that responsibility twice now Smashers will rely on Simon Santoso against skipper Kidambi Srikanth or opt for their mixed-doubles pair of Chris Adcock and Pia Zebediah to face Top Guns’ Ashwini Ponnappa and Joachim Fischer Nielsen.

The Bengaluru Top Guns would pick their Malaysian men’s doubles pairing of Khim Wah Lim and Hoon Then How or the mixed pair for the all important clash. Bhat said that despite the results going against Top Guns so far in the event, there were signs the team could bounce back. Even four wins out of five could do for the trick but the coach is targeting a big result.

In the day’s earlier match, second-placed Delhi Acers (15) take on fourth-placed Mumbai Rockets (13).

On Wednesday: Mumbai Rockets vs Delhi Acers (2.30pm); Chennai Smashers vs Bengaluru Top Guns (6.30pm).

PBL: Awadhe Warriors Beat Chennai Smashers To Enter PBL Semis

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HYDERABAD: A Saina Nehwal-less Awadhe Warriors beat the PV Sindhu-led Chennai Smashers 4-1 on the last day of the Hyderabad leg of the Premier Badminton League (PBL) at the Gachibowli Indoor Stadium on Monday.

With this victory, the Warriors jumped to the top spot of the standings with 17 points and thus qualifying for the semifinals. This was the Warriors’ fourth consecutive victory after losing their first encounter to Mumbai Rockets on January 2nd 2016.

On the other hand, the Smashers lost their first tie in four outings and they are currently third in the standings with 13 points.

After sharing two wins each in the first four matches, it all boiled down to the mixed doubles contest which was the first match where both teams played their respective Trump cards. A win in a team’s selected Trump Match gives them two points while a loss deducts one.

The Warriors’ pair of Bodin Issara and Christinna Pedersen clearly turned out to be the better combination on the night, winning the match and the tie 15-7 and 15-10 against Chris Adcock and Pia Zebadiah of the Smashers.

Sai Praneeth. (Image Courtesy: www.newindianexpress.com).

Sai Praneeth.
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The Smashers got the start they wanted as Brice Leverdez went on to beat the energetic Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk 15-13, 15-9 to give the Chennai-based team a 1-0 lead.
B. Sai Praneeth, for Awadhe Warriors levelled things up with a 12-15, 15-8, 15-13 triumph over Sony Dwi Kuncoro of the Smashers.

“It’s never easy to come back after losing the first game. I committed a lot of mistakes in the first game and Sony took full advantage of it. I knew if I get my rhythm I will play better and that’s what happened in the rest of the match and the
result is in front of all,” said Sai.

Experienced shuttlers Cai Yun and Hendra Gunawan gave the Warriors the lead (2-1) in the tie for the first time when they outwitted the scratch combination of Toby N.G. and Pranav Chopra of the Smashers 15-13, 15-11.

“A positive result always works as a confidence-builder for your team. We had prepared our strategies against them and managed to implement them properly,” said the reigning Olympic men’s doubles champion Cai.

P.V. Sindhu.(Image Courtesy: www.newindianexpress.com).

P.V. Sindhu.
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Smashers skipper Sindhu then equalised the contest with a 15-7, 15-3 thrashing of G. Vrushali in the women’s singles contest. “It was a comfortable win I would say,” said Sindhu.

Eventually Issara and Pedersen sealed it for the Warriors to book a place in the semis.

Now, all will depend on the final day of the league phase on Wednesday when the Rockets take on the Acers followed by a match-up between the Smashers and Top Guns. With the Warriors and Acers through and Hunters out, two teams from Smashers, Rockets and Top Guns will enter the semis.

The final day of the league phase will be played in Bengaluru on Wednesday with Tuesday as a break.

Awadhe Warriors bt Chennai Smashers 4-1 (Brice Leverdez (CS) bt S Tanongsak (AW) 1513, 15-9; Sai Praneeth (AW) bt Sony Dwi Kuncoro 12-15, 15-8, 15-13; Cai Yun\Hendra Gunawan (AW) bt Pranaav ChopraToby Ng (CS) 15-13, 15-11; PV Sindhu (CS) bt G Vrushali (AW) 15-7, 15-3; Christinna Pedersen\Bodin Issara (AW) bt Chris Adcock\Pia Zebadiah (CS) 15-7, 15-10).

PBL: Mumbai Rockets Down Hyderabad Hunters

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HYDERABAD: Out of the six teams competing for a podium finish in the progressing PBL 2016, Hyderabad Hunters became the first team to exit the Premier Badminton League (PBL).

The Hyderabad Hunters lost four out of their five matches in the league.

while Awadhe Warriors and Delhi Acers with each 17 points on the table assured their place in the semifinals.

R.M.V Gurusai Dutt.(Image Courtesy: www.orissapost.com).

R.M.V Gurusai Dutt.
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H.S. Prannoy.
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Earlier, needing a big win to qualify for the knockouts, Hyderabad started off on a strong note winning the first two matches but suffered a big loss when Parupalli Kasyap lost the trump match against H.S. Prannoy of Mumbai Rockets 11-15, 13-15. Later, R.M.V. Gurusaidutt won the trump match for Mumbai with a convincing 15-12, 15-4 victory against A.S.S. Siril Verma, for Hyderabad Hunters. The mixed doubles team of Vladimir Ivanov and Kamilla Juhl made it 4-1 for Mumbai as they defeated Markis Kido and Jwala Gutta 15-8, 15-8.

With this loss Hyderabad finished their league engagements with one victory and four losses. With a total tally of 11 points, Hyderabad are virtually out of PBL. Mumbai with 13 points have a very good chance of qualifying for the semifinals.

Hyderabad were signing on a low note even before start of the tournament as the star player of PBL, Lee Chong Wei, left for Malaysia late on Sunday as he was given permission by his federation to stay only till January 10 2016.

Mumbai Rockets bt Hyderabad Hunters 4-1(K Supanida (HH) bt Liu Zi Die (MR) 1315, 15-14, 15-14; Carsten Mogensen\Markis Kido (HH) bt T Chayut\Vladimir Ivanov 15-7, 15-14; HS Prannoy (MR) bt P Kashyap (HH) 15-11, 15-13; RMV Gurusaidutt (MR) bt ASS Siril Verma 15-12, 15-4; V Ivanov\Kamilla Juhl 15-8, 15-8).

PBL 2016: Chennai Beat Mumbai 4-3

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MUMBAI: Mumbai Rockets geared up to face the Chennai Smashers on Sunday evening in their second tie of the Premier Badminton League.

P.V. Sindhu. (Image Courtesy: zeenews.india.com).

P.V. Sindhu.
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Mumbai, who had beaten Awadhe Warriors a day earlier, could not replicate their form, losing the tie 4-3. Chennai’s mixed pair of Chris Adcock and Pia Zebadiah got things rolling, beating their opponents Vladimir Ivanov and Kamilla Juhl 15-10, 7-15, 15-11 in the opening match of the evening. However, H.S. Prannoy, representing The Rocket’s levelled scores with Chennai beating Brice Leverdez of France 15-8, 15-11.

However, The Trump Match between the doubles pair of Mathias Boe and Ivanov against Adcock and Pranaav Chopra was very spectacular. The Mumbai duo raced to an easy 15-10 win in the first game, but Adcock and Chopra fought hard to take the next game 15-9. It was an extremely close contest in the decider Mumbai Rockets win the match 15-13.

P.V. Sindhu, the World No 12, also won her singles match against China’s Han Li 15-8, 11-15, 15-8.

PBL: Srikanth Stuns Chong Wei

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MUMBAI: Saina Nehwal’s absence from the Premier Badminton League’s opening tie between Mumbai Rockets and Awadhe Warriors on Saturday evening left the fans at the Sardar Vallabhai Patel Indoor Stadium disappointed but, they witnessed some good matches when the Bengaluru Top Guns took off against the Hyderabad Hunters.

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Srikanth’s 2015 season had seen 7 first round exits and losing to the Chinese, Tian Houwei thrice in two months and two three set losses, one at the World Championship to Hu Yun (23-21), to Tommy Sugiarto at the Indonesian Masters (24-22), both in the deciders.

“The little I saw of his matches during the end of last year, he seemed to have all the strokes. But just the mind needed to adjust,” Bhat says, promising, “Srikanth’s adding new stuff to his game too.”

2015 had been a lesson in what not to do, he would say later. “I tried everything in match ending situations – rushing, playing safe, smashing, defending, nothing seemed to be working,” he said. “I would play attacking when the situation demanded defense and play cautious when I needed to be aggressive against a certain player. I’m slowly learning what to do when,” he said.

Srikanth also commented, “A coach can’t help any player to beat Lee Chong Wei with mere instructions. Srikanth followed what I said immediately, but it was entirely his instinctive understanding of what to do when that took him to this win,” Bhat said. It was a 15-12, 6-15, 15-7 maiden win over the badminton legend. The match was nothing worth as Bengaluru had already lost that battle. But it was Srikanth’s first match of the year after a difficult season, and a win over the former world no.1 Chong Wei who was on a 15-match unbeaten streak since October.

However, Kashyap had it easy over Sameer Verma, a surprise trump match for Bangalore against P Kashyap.