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Chennai March Past Bengaluru, Book Place in Semi Finals

PBL. (Image Courtesy: sportzwiki.com).

PBL.
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BENGALURU: Chennai Smashers qualified for the semifinals after beating Bangalore Top Guns 3-2 in the last league match of the Premier Badminton League 2016 at Sri Kanteerava Indoor Stadium, here today.

Chennai opted for the trump match in their very first game of the tie and Bangalore Top Guns then had to win all their matches to gain five points to make it difficult for the hosts.

Chennai’s Sony Dwi Kuncoro defeated Sameer Verma to dash the hopes of Bengaluru Top Guns by winning the match 15-10 10-15 15-8.

After Kuncoro’s triumph, there was no much interest left for the Bangalore side, but played to the delight of the fans by clinching the men’s doubles match 15-7 15-8.

The Bangalore pair of Hoon Thien How and J F Nielse beat Chris Adcock and Pranaav Chopra.

Kidambi Srikanth. (Image Courtesy: sports.ndtv.com).

Kidambi Srikanth.
(Image Courtesy: sports.ndtv.com).

Srikanth Kidambi then got Bangalore race past Chennai with a 2-1 lead when he overwhelmed his rival Brice Leverdez 15-4 15-12. The Indian star was too hot for the French shuttler.

 

 

 

 

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

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

P. V. Sindhu, defeated Suo Di 15-12 15-7 in straight games.

Later, Chris Adcock and Pia Zebadiah, of Chennai Smashers defeated Ashwini Ponnappa and Joaquim Fisher Nilesen in the mixed doubles tie 15-14 15-12, thus clinching the tie 3-2.

Trump Matches Bring Pressure On Team: Srikanth, Ashwini

PBL. (Image Courtesy: sportzwiki.com).

PBL.
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BENGALURU: Top players of Bangalore Top Guns Kidambi Srikanth and Ashwini Ponnappa said Trump matches bring pressure because it changes the complexion of the tie pretty quickly.

Bengaluru Top Guns“We feel a little bit of pressure because the whole team depends on you to pull off a crucial match to get vital bonus point. Yes, the trump match adds pressure because it changes the complexion of the match quickly,” Srikanth told reporters.

Ashwini, who plays the mixed doubles match for Top Guns, also talked about the pressure, but added it all depends on players how they handle the pressure and outsmart the opponent.
“Of course there is a lot of added pressure because they are crunch matches. However, success lies in how players handle the pressure in crunch situation,” she said.

Top Guns Coach Arvind Bhat said Trump matches are taken at a very crucial stage and hence the players are in different zone and feel differently.

Asked reasons for Joachim Fischer Nielsen playing just one mixed doubles, Bhat said the Danish star had to miss four days of the league for playing a league back home.

“It is purely an administrative issue. Because the window was short he had to go to participate in a league back home, and hence he missed four days of the PBL,” he said.

Asked did Fischer’s absence cost the team which now find themselves in a tough position to qualify for semifinal, Bhat said, “Yes, his absence has affected the team’s chances, otherwise we would have been probably at the second spot in points-table.”

Asked about the preparations for P.V. Sindhu and Suo Di match, Bhat said,
“We are expecting a very close contest between Di and Sindhu, but the pressure is on the latter. The underdogs always have an advantage to play freely, without much pressure,” Bhat said.

PBL 2016: Hyderabad Hunters Tame Bengaluru Top Guns

MUMBAI: Bengaluru Top Guns went down 2-3 to Hyderabad Hunters in the Premier Badminton League clash on Sunday inspite of India’s highest ranked shutter, Kidambi Srikanth, pulled off an upset victory over former world No 1 Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia.

Jwala Gutta-Markis Kido pair in action against Ashwini Ponnana-oachim Fischer Nielsen.(Image Courtesy: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/).

Jwala Gutta-Markis Kido pair in action against Ashwini Ponnana-oachim Fischer Nielsen.
(Image Courtesy: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/).

Hyderabad Hunters, in fact rallied from an early loss to overcome the Top Guns at the NSCI Sardar Vallabhai Patel indoor stadium on Sundayhad wrapped up the tie even before world No 5 Lee’s battle against world No 9 Srikanth by winning two out of the first three matches, but still it was a very creditable win by the Indian, who has never beaten the Malaysian great in four encounters at the international level.

Hyderabad started on the wrong foot by losing the first match, the women’s singles clash, when their Thai signing Supanida Katethong was beaten in straight games (15-8, 15-11) to Bengaluru’s Suo Di.

However, the Hunters gamble of making the men’s doubles clash as their trump match paid rich dividends as the scratch combine of Carsten Mogensen of Denmark and Indonesian Markis Kido fought back from a game down to get the better of Bengaluru’s Malaysian pair of Hoon Thien How and Kim Wah Lim 13-15, 15-9, 15-14.

This 2-1 advantage for Hyderabad was made 3-2 when Bengaluru’s Sameer Verma lost his singles trump match against the higher ranked Parupalli Kashyap 15-14, 15-13 to provide Hunters with a winning 3-0 points lead.

This made the last two matches of no importance, including the prime fifth match clash between the Malaysian Lee representing Hyderabad and Indian Srikanth of Bengaluru as well as the preceding mixed doubles match.

Bengaluru’s Ashwini Ponnappa and lanky Danish partner Joachim Fischer Nielsen defeated her regular women’s doubles partner Jwala Gutta and Kido 15-13, 15-13 to make the points score 3-1.

Finally, Srikanth did it great for Bengaluru by outsmarting Lee 15-12, 6-15, 15-7.

“I’m very happy to beat Lee. It’s always great to beat someone who is that good,” said Srikanth, who punched the court after his memorable win in the last game.

Results: Hyderabad Hunters beat Bengaluru Top Guns 3-2 (Points)(Supanida Katethong lost to Suo Di 8-15, 11-15; Carsten Mogensen/Markis Kido beat Hoon Thien How/Kim Wah Lim 13-15, 15-9, 15-14; P Kashyap beat Sameer Verma 15-14, 15-13; Jwala Gutta/Kido lost to Ashwini Ponnappa/Joachim Fischer Nielsen 13-15, 13-15; Lee Chong Wei lost to Kidambi Srikanth 12-15, 15-6, 7-15).