Sindhu clinched the first game with minimum fuss but had to work harder in the second, displaying her athleticism and court coverage.Having earned a match point at 14-9, Kosetskaya saved two before returning long to concede the match.
It was only Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk's 15-8, 15-10 win over Wan Ho Son that stopped a whitewash loss for North Eastern Warriors.Earlier, PV Sindhu received a thunderous ovation during her clash with Evgeniya Kosetskaya as Hyderabad Hunters, who were already assured of a semifinal spot, went down 3-4 to Delhi Smashers.The Indian star, playing the trump match for Hunters with her team trailing 0-3, defeated her Russian opponent 15-11, 15-9 in a match which was easily the most anticipated one among the fans.
But the Chinese-born US player, who had been making errors while trying to hit the lines, came roaring back in the second game with a more aggressive game plan which accentuated her ability to cover the courts and find angles to force the decider.In the decider, there was little doubt who was on top, despite the long rallies as Zhang, who was also precise with her shot placements, clinched the match 11-15, 15-11, 15-7 to give her side an unassailable 4-(-1) lead.
Bengaluru: Awadhe Warriors made light work of North Eastern Warriors to finish their group stage engagements of the Premier Badminton League with a comfortable 5-0 win at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium.With this win Awadhe head the table with 25 points, one more than Hyderabad Hunters who lost 3-4 to Delhi Dashers earlier in the day, while North East are second from bottom with 11 points.After Dong Keun Lee defeated Houwei Tian 15-10, 15-13 and Mathias Christiansen and Ashwini Ponnappa won their trump clash against Ha Na Kim and Min Chun Liao 15-7, 15-14 to give Awadhe a 3-0 lead, a lot was expected of Saina Nehwal to bring the tie back to a semblance of parity with North Eastern side's trump match.And she delivered in the first game with a breezy 15-11 win over Beiwen Zhang, ranked 10th in the world.
Apart from Sindhu, Hunters just had one other win under their belt which was that of the mixed doubles duo of Sa Rang Kim and Eom Hye who defeated Chia Hsin Lee and Sijie Wang 15-7, 13-12.Delhi, who are rock bottom with six points, had wins in both men's singles clashes -HS Prannoy and T Sugiarto, and the men's doubles clash.Results: Awadhe Warriors 5 bt North Eastern Warriors 0 (Men's singles: Dong Keun Lee bt Houwei Tian 15-10, 15-13; Mixed doubles: Mathias Christiansen/ Ashwini Ponnappa (T) bt Ha Na Kim/ Min Chun Liao 15-7, 15-14; Women's singles: Beiwen Zhang bt Saina Nehwal (T) 11-15, 15-11, 15-7; Men's singles: Wan Ho Son lt to Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk 8-15, 10-15; Men's doubles: Yang Lee/ Arjun MR bt Dhruv Kapila/ Yeon Seong Yoo 15-5, 15-12)Delhi Dashers 4 bt Hyderabad Hunters 3 (Men's singles: HS Prannoy bt Rahul Yadav Chittaboina 15-10, 9-15, 15-12; Men's doubles: Biao Chai/Maneepng Jongjit (T) bt Arun George/Bodin Isara 8-15, 15-9, 15-8; Women's singles: Evgeniya Kosetskaya lt to PV Sindhu (T) 11-15, 9-15; Men's singles: Tommy Sugiarto bt Mark Caljouw 15-6, 15-11; Mixed's doubles: Chia Hsin Lee/Sijie Wang lt to Sa Rang Kim/Sijie Wang 7-15, 12-15).
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