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05 Jan, 2018
Srikanth’s second win of the season and Saina’s effort went
in vain as Mumbai Rockets scored 4-1 win, on Thursday, over the home team
Awadhe Warriors to keep their hopes alive for a berth in the knock-out.
Saina defeated world no. 11 Beiwen Zhang of US with 8-15,
15-10, 15-13, while, Kidambi Srikanth managed the win of 13-15, 15-13, 15-4
against Son Wan Ho, and put the team back on the stride after losing losing
their ‘trump match’ and the first men’s singles match.
The pair Tan Boon Heong and Lee Yong Dae executed an amazing
play in the ‘Trump match’ and ousted Hendra Setiawan and Or Chin Chung with
15-13, 15-12 to add 4-1 win to the Mumbai’s pocket.
Saina was no match to Beiwen in the opening game. With her
cross-court drops and smashes, Beiwen used the court well engaging the Indian.
Though Beiwen was leading in the beginning of the second
game, Saina slowly turned the gears and broke the break with 8-7 and wrapped
the match after the interval and restored the parity.
In the final game, Saina was in no mood to let go and
brought her experience into play.
Srikanth lost the first game by just two points. But after a
change in ends, the ace Indian didn’t look back. In the decider, Srikanth
didn’t allow Son any room and wrapped up the match, conceding just four points.
Earlier, Sameer Verma grabbed the easy 15-6, 15-14 win over
the debutant Harshit Aggarwal, who was replaced by Parupalli Kashyap to let the
team Mumbai Rockets take a 2(-1) lead over the Warriors in the five match tie.
In the first match of the day, the mixed doubles pair of Lee
Yong Dae and Gabriela Stoeva registered an upset win over Christinna Pedersen
and Tang Chun Man with 15-10, 14-15, 15-7. The match also saw the Warriors
getting penalised as it was their ‘trump match’.
Mixed doubles: Gabriela Stoeva/Lee Yong Dae beat Christinna
Pedersen-Tang Chun Man 15-10, 14-15, 15-7
Men’s singles: Sameer Verma beat Harshit Aggarwal 15-6,
Women’s singles: Beiwen Zhang lost to Saina Nehwal 15-8,
Men’s singles: Son Wan Hoth lost to Kidambi Srikanth 15-13,
Men’s doubles: Lee Yong Dae/Tan Boon Heong beat Hendra
Setiawan/Or Chin Chung 15-13, 15-12