PBL: Prannoy stars as Ahmedabad Smash Masters make semis | Badminton News
CHENNAI: HS Prannoy and Tai Tzu Ying flexed their muscular tissues when it mattered most as they led Ahmedabad Smash Masters to a complete 5-Zero win over Mumbai Rockets at Nehru Indoor Stadium right here on Tuesday. Within the course of, they sealed their entry to the semi-finals with 17 factors. Mumbai Rockets, however, are out of rivalry for a top-four berth after a below-par show.
The night actually belonged to Prannoy, who accomplished a shocking 15-12, 15-12 victory over World No. 5 Son Wan Ho. It was a much-improved show from Prannoy after shedding his earlier match to Chennai Smashers’ Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk.
Within the first recreation, Prannoy had a comparatively sluggish begin with the South Korean managing to take a Three-Zero lead. However the world No.10 from India did not take too lengthy to seek out his groove, rapidly making all of it sq. at Three-Three. From there on, there was little to decide on between the 2. With Son’s defensive abilities being among the many finest on the earth, it was essential for Prannoy to be at his attacking finest and he did not disappoint. After closing out the opening recreation 15-12 with a deft drop shot that was past the attain of his opponent, Prannoy determined to go all out within the second recreation.
Barring a couple of unforced errors, there was little at fault with Prannoy’s execution. Whereas he would have had some jitters at Eight-11 down within the second recreation, he ultimately managed to breach Son’s defence along with his highly effective smashes and sealed the match in his favour.
Tai, in the meantime, registered an emphatic 15-9, 15-12 victory and proved that her loss to PV Sindhu on Saturday was nothing greater than a minor blip. On the receiving finish of the world No.1’s efficiency was Mumbai’s Beiwen Zhang, who confirmed some resistance to hold in there however wasn’t as much as the duty at hand. Zhang’s solely ray of hope was when she raced to a Four-Zero lead within the second recreation, however that was short-lived as Tai got here roaring again to spotlight Ahmedabad’s dominance on the day.
Prannoy and Tai’s good work may have gone to waste, although, if Sourabh Verma hadn’t received the higher of his youthful brother Sameer within the day’s solely Trump match. For the primary time this season, each groups coincidentally selected the identical recreation as their Trump match, inserting extra significance on the battle between the brothers. A lot to Ahmedabad’s aid, it was Sourabh who emerged triumphant with a 15-14, 15-11 victory.
Within the first match, the combined doubles pair of Kamilla Rytter Juhl and Regulation Cheuk Him eased to a 15-11, 15-7 win towards Gabriela Stoeva and Lee Yong Dae. Mumbai’s solely comfort was the truth that their pair of Lee Yong Dae and Tan Boon Heong overcame the problem of Kidambi Nandagopal and Lee Chun Hei Reginald within the remaining match of the day.
Kamilla Rytter Juhl and Regulation Cheuk Him (AHM) bt Gabriela Stoeva and Lee Yong Dae (MUM) 15-11, 15-7; HS Prannoy (AHM) bt Son Wan Ho (MUM) 15-12, 15-12; Tai Tzu Ying (AHM) bt Beiwen Zhang (MUM) 15-9, 15-12; Sourabh Verma (AHM) bt Sameer Verma (MUM) 15-14, 15-11; Lee Yong Dae and Tan Boon Heong (MUM) bt Kidambi Nandagopal and Lee Chun Hei Reginald (AHM) 15-10, 15-12