Premier Badminton League: Warriors shock defending champions Smashers in PBL opener | Badminton News
GUWAHATI: Awadhe Warriors overcame the last-minute pullout of star participant Saina Nehwal owing to an damage, as they shocked defending champions Chennai Smashers within the Premier Badminton League (PBL) opener on Saturday.
Awadhe received each their males’s singles and combined doubles to take an unassailable Three-Zero lead (Four-Zero on factors) within the five-match duel on the Karmabir Nabin Chandra Bordoloi Indoor Stadium.
World No. Three Kidambi Srikanth downed Frenchman Brice Leverdez 15-12, 15-14 to construct upon the successes of Parupalli Kashyap and the combined doubles pair of Christinna Pedersen and Tang Chun Man earllier.
The resilient Frenchman stretched Srikanth in each the video games however the Indian closed out the second by way of sudden loss of life after they had been tied 14-all.
Kashyap received his singles in opposition to Daniel S Farid 15-12, 15-Eight to present them an extra benefit as Awadhe had ticked this encounter as their Trump Match. The victory gave them two factors as in opposition to the same old one level for a win.
Kashyap dominated the encounter and sealed the competition in straight video games.
Earlier, Christinna and Tang supplied a really perfect begin to Awadhe’s marketing campaign by stunning fancied English couple Chris and Gabrielle Adcock 10-15, 15-5, 15-12. The world No 9 Adcocks began off effectively by pocketing the primary sport however the Danish woman Christinna and Hong Kong’s Tang fought again brilliantly to show the tables on the English pair.
Their successes had been roundly cheered by Saina from the bench after she was dominated out with an ankle niggle from the high-voltage assembly in opposition to Sindhu.
Awadhe coach Anup Sridhar, nevertheless, was hopeful Saina will prove on the Siri Fort Sports activities Complicated in New Delhi for his or her second match in opposition to North East Warriors on December 30.
Sridhar, who alongwith Siyadath Ullah are a part of the Awadhe teaching setup, stated in an announcement: “Saina is recovering from a small ankle problem which she had developed few weeks again. She is recovering effectively and we predict her to be totally match for the subsequent match.”
The Saina-Sindhu assembly can’t be dominated out utterly as each groups can nonetheless face off within the semi-final or closing.
Though Chennai had been down Zero-Three, their males’s double pair of Chris Adcock and Yang Lee gave their crew first win of the match after defeating Hendra Setiawan and Or Chin Chung 15-11, 10-15, 15-11.
Star participant Sindhu had a straightforward outing as she bought the higher of Sai Uttejitha Rao 15-10, 15-9 within the final match of the night.