It became a disappointing start at the Hyderabad leg of the tournament as their home team started off with a defeat. The win for the visiting Awadhe Warriors team puts them ahead in the table at second position, while it makes an uphill battle for the Hunters to manage a semi-final berth.
Awadhe Warriors move to second spot with win
Stepping in the big shoes of Saina Nehwal it was the turn of Vrushali to enter court for the women’s singles match. She played against K Supanida and did not let the pressure of filling Saina’s spot get to her. It ended up in a comfortable match for Vrushali as she won in straight games 15-7, 15-11.
Bodin Issara and Cai Yun were once again trusted with the trump game for the Warriors. And they delivered yet again without any major difficulties. The first game came easy for the Warriors winning 15-10. Carsten Mogensen and Markis Kido came a bit closer in the second game but that was not enough to force the match into a decider. With the win Warriors took a 3-0 lead over the home team.
In need of one more win Sai Praneeth came on for the Warriors to take on the vastly experienced Parupalli Kashyap. The Hyderabad man played a strong first game winning 15-6. But, the margin of defeat only put more fight in Praneeth’s performance as he stepped up and took back the second game taking the match to a decider. And Praneeth delivered a strong blow to the hope of the home side as he took the match and with that the tie. Praneeth defeated Kashyap 6-15, 15-8, 15-5 to take an unassailable 4-0 lead.
In the remaining matches Lee Chong Wei defeated Tanongsak S in straight games 15-8, 15-9 in the Hunters’ trump match. While Jwala Gutta and Markis Kido beat Issara and Christina to ensure a reputable defeat at 4-3 in the tie.