Chennai Smashers reverted with a bang on victory of 5-0 over Bengaluru Blasters in the Vodafone Premier Badminton League (PBL) campaign here on Tuesday. Parupalli Kashyap, who is coming after an injury lay-off, displayed his top game against Bengaluru’s Sourabh Verma to emerge winner 11-8, 11-5 to give Chennai the 1-0 lead.
“It was a great match. I did well to beat Sourabh. He is a great player, but the way I played today, I could have beaten anyone. From team’s point of view it was a great result, and will help us going forward in the league,” said Kashyap as per the media reports.
P.V. Sindhu won Chennai’s a ‘Trump Match’ over Cheung Yi 12-10, 11-6 in the women’s singles match. With this win, Chennai Smashers went up 3-0 against Bengaluru.
Sindhu said: “This was a good game for me. Though I conceded a lead in both the game, I came back strong. I am happy to get my first win of the season. Against (Carolina) Marin too (on Sunday), I won the first game, but she bounced back wonderfully. In this match, I didn’t look to change much, but stick to my aggressive style of play,” Sindhu told media after her win.
She further said “It took me some time to get used to the format, but now everything seems to be under control. I am comfortable playing the 11-point format, and hopefully can win some more matches for my team.”
The winners were decided at the end of the mixed doubles match, featured Chris Adcock and Gabrielle Adcock for Chennai, and Ashwini Ponnappa and Yoo Yeon Seong for Bengaluru. Adcock couple emerged victorious with a hard fought score of 11-6, 8-11, 15-14.
However, in the second men’s singles, Bengaluru managed to pull one back when 2016 Olympics bronze medallist Victor Axelsen overcame Tommy Sugiarto 11-7, 13-11.
In the last and inconsequential men’s doubles tie, Sung-Hyun Ko and Yoo Yeon S lost Bengaluru’s ‘Trump Match’ to Chris Adcock and Mads Peiler of Chennai 11-7, 7-11, 11-13. With this loss, Bengaluru also had their one point reduced, losing the tie 0-5. ( IANS)