Mumbai Rockets opener RMV Gurusaidutt took the first fixture putting the Saina Nehwal led Awadhe Warriors on the back foot early. And the situation only worsened for the Warriors as they lost three consecutive fixtures making the final two fixtures inconsequential in the first tie of the tournament. The wounded warriors made their comeback a bit too late and won the remaining two fixtures ending the tie losing 2-1 against the Rockets.
Early efforts ensure win for Mumbai Rockets
Entering the first tie RMV Gurusaidutt overcame his better ranked opponent in world badminton B Sai Praneeth. The Mumbai man lost the first game with a close margin, but delivered a strong statement in the next two games 14-15, 15-10, 15-8 taking the lead for his team.
Next up, the Warriors nominated their trump pair in the men’s doubles as Cai Yun and Hendra Gunawan took to the court against the Rockets pair of Mathias Boe and Vladimir Ivanov. The trump game was comfortably taken away from the hands of the Warriors in straight games 15-11, 15-11. This doubled Mumbai’s lead to 2-0.
The third fixture of the night put the final nail in the Lucknow team’s hopes for making a comeback. Ruthvika Gadde took the game away from the visitor’s player G Vrushali in straight games 15-13, 15-10 taking an unassailable lead of 3-0.
Warriors avoid humiliation with late wins
After going down 3-0 in the opening fixtures of the tie, the warriors had their back against the wall. And they bounced back from then on with World no. 33 Tanongsak S defeating 20th ranked HS Prannoy in the trump game for the hosts in a nail biter of an event. The Awadhe Warrior Tanongsak took defeated Prannoy 15-12, 14-15, 15-14 in the clash.
With the win the margin of defeat lowered as Rockets lost an additional point (penalty for losing trump game). This brings down the difference to 2-0.
In the last match of the tie, Warriors’ Bodin Issara and Christinna Pedersen defeated Mumbai Rockets mixed doubles pair Kamilla Juhl and Vladimir Ivanov to win their first point of the night.