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Mumbai Rockets beat Awadhe Warriors in PBL opener

first_imgHosts Mumbai Rockets kick-started their Premier Badminton League (PBL) campaign on a winning note by beating Awadhe Warriors on the opening day on Saturday.Mumbai beat Awadhe 2-1 at the National Sports Club Of India (NSCI), despite losing their ‘Trump Match’. Trump Match – the new rule introduced for the first time to make the tournament exciting for both players and fans alike- did not go well for either side in the tie. Both sides lost their Trump Matches.The tie began with men’s singles match where Mumbai’s Gurusai Dutt defeated Sai Praneeth 14-15, 15-10, 15-8. Despite one set down, Dutt came up with a dominating show in the second and final set to win the match comfortably.”It was a tough match as he won the first set. But I knew I had to come back and win the game for my team. This win will help us in the next four games. I am happy I came up to the expectations of my team. It’s a proud moment as the first game of PBL is in our kitty,” Dutt said after the match.Next was the men’s doubles match, which was a Trump Match for the visitors. The Awadhe Warriors failed to capitalise on the crucial match. Mathias Boe and Vladimir Ivanov defeated Cai Yun and Hendra Gunawan 15-11, 15-11 in straight sets. With the loss, Awadhe lost (-1) points.With two consecutive wins, Mumbai took a healthy 2-0 lead in the tie. Things turned even better for Mumbai as they won the third match – women’s singles – also when Ruthvika Gadde defeated G. Vrushali 15-13, 15-10, making it 3-0 for the hosts.advertisementA young Ruthvika made the best use of her smashes and the errors made by Vrushali to win the match with ease.”It was not an easy match. Though I won it convincingly, she gave a tough fight and made me earn my points. I enjoyed the game. I am happy we won all three games. I hope we end the day by winning all games,” Ruthivika said after the match.Trailing 0-3 in the tie, Awadhe had no option but to come up hard against their opponent in the next men’s singles match, which was a Trump Match for the hosts.In the crucial match for the visitors, world number 33 Tanongsak S. stunned world number 20 H.S. Prannoy 15-12, 14-15, 15-14 in a nailbiting clash.Losing the first game, Prannoy clawed back in the second. But Tanongsak was too skilled and give Awadhe their first win of the night. With the loss, Mumbai lost (-1) points to be 2-0 in the tie.”I still can’t believe I won the match. I could have finished the match in the second game but he came back strongly. The same story repeated in the third set when we were yet again tied at 14-14 but I was lucky to have got the winning point. This win is special because it was their trump game and they lost. I am happy I opened my team’s winning account,” Tanongsak said after the match.In the last match of the tie, Awadhe’s Bodin Issara and Christinna Pedersen defeated Mumbai’s Kamilla Juhl and Vladimir Ivanov 15-9, 14-15, 15-14 in the mixed doubles match to bag their first point of the night.Despite the loss, Mumbai won the tie 2-1. Mumbai next face Chennai Smashers on Sunday while Awadhe will take on Delhi Acers on Monday.last_img read more