Chennai Smashers book a place in the final won against Awadhe Warriors 4-1.
In a closely-fought, exciting contest, Chennai Smashers defeated Awadhe Warriors 4-1 to enter the final of the Premier Badminton League here at the Siri Fort Stadium in Delhi on Friday.
The first game was mixed doubles between Issara/Savitree of Warriors and Chris Adcock/Gabby Adcock of Smashers. The Warriors had a narrow lead of 6-5 at the break of the opening game. It went as close as one would have expected. Both the teams made 9-9. The Smashers took the opening game by a narrow win 11-9. The Thai started the second set strongly against the Adcocks with a four-point lead at the break of the second set. The Adcocks attempted a comeback but Warriors won the second set by 11-8. Warriors game was a mix of power, deception & intense rallies. The third set saw an early lead of 6-2 from Issara/Savitree. The Thai pair won the closely contested game by 9-11, 11-8, 11-5.
The second match was the men’s singles contest between Vincent of Awadhe Warriors and P Kashyap of Smashers. An early lead by Kashyap in the first set. Vincent made a lot of unforced errors which helped Kashyap to win the set by 11-4. With an early lead in the second set by Kashyap, completely dominated the set and won the match in straight sets 11-4, 11-6.
The third game was supposed to be an interesting game of Men’s Singles between Srikanth Kidambi of Warriors & T Sugiarto of Smashers. The first set started with an exciting note where the set saw some intense rallies. Srikanth had a one-point lead at the break of the opening game and maintained the lead till the end. Srikanth took the opening game by 14-12. Sugiarto took a total control at the start of the second set with a score of 6-1 at the break. Kidambi made a comeback from 6-1 to 7-7. Sugiarto was under pressure in the second set and lost to Srikanth in straight sets 14-12 & 11-7.
The fourth match was a much-awaited match playing bronze Olympic medallist Saina Nehwal of Warriors against silver Olympic medallist, Sindhu of Smashers. This was the trump match for Smashers. Sindhu has thunderous crosscourt Smashes and Saina had a brilliant net play which kept the match interesting till the last moment. Sindhu won this game in straight sets by 11-7, 11-8 against the fighter Saina Nehwal.
The fifth game was men’s doubles between Shem Goh/Kido of Warriors & Kolding/ C Adcock of Smashers. This was the trump match for Warriors. Smashers went into the break with a lead of 6-0 and further won the set by 11-3. Smashers got a narrow lead of 6-5 at the break of the second set, went on to 9-8. Warriors duo were playing hard but Smashers were the ones who had the last laugh. The score read out as 11-3, 12-10.