The Hyderabad Hunters had a very disappointing few games in front of their home crowd. The loss puts more pressure on the star-studded Hunters who currently find themselves placed fourth on the table with Mumbai Rockets sneaking right under them with a tie at hand. PV Sindhu of the Chennai Smashers delivered the winning point for her team in the trump match against Supanida K to make it a 4-3 win for the visitors.
Chennai Smashers one step close to semi-final berth
It was not a good start for the home team as their star and India’s best doubles player Jwala Gutta paired with Carsten Mogensen suffered a defeat to Chris Adcock and Pia Zebadiah. The home crowd kept cheering for the local girl in hopes of a turn-around but that did not happen. Adcock and Zebadiah put the Smashers ahead by winning 15-6, 15-8.
Veteran Lee Chong Wei entered court for the Hunters and saved some to keep the team in contention. He dominated the first game winning 15-3, but Sony Kuncoro came back fighting in the second game and extending the match to a decider. Lee won the decider helping the Hunters go level on points. The final score read 15-3, 12-15, 15-8. Hunters ace singles player Parupalli Kashyap suffered yet another shock defeat this time at the hands of Simon Santoso, putting his team in a very difficult position to recover from.
Only the trump matches remained and the Hunters would have to win both matches to ensure a victory in the tie. It was Chennai’s PV Sindhu who came out to play the Smashers trump match and took the tie away from the home team. Supanida K put some strong fighting during the match but that proved insignificant in stopping Sindhu. She won the match 15-8, 14-15, 15-5 and with that Chennai Smashers took an unassailable 4-1 lead.
Carsten Mogensen and Markis Kido won the final match of the day putting the score to a respectable 4-3 against Chris Adcock and Pranaav Chopra.