Chennai Smashers defeated Mumbai Rockets 4-3 in what turned out to be a classic final to win their made Premier Badminton League title at the Siri Fort Complex on Saturday.
Final: Chennai Smashers beat Mumbai Rockets (Chris Adcock and Gabrielle Adcock (T) bt Nipitphon Puangpuapech and Zeiba Nadiezda 11-9, 11-6; P. V. Sindhu bt Sung Ji Hyun 11-8, 11-8; Chris Adcock and Mads Pieler Kolding lost to Yong Dae Lee and Nipitphon Puangpuapech (T) 10-21, 6-11; P. Kashyap lost to H. S. Prannoy 4-11, 11-8, 11-8; T. Saensomboonsuk bt Ajay Jayaram 9-11, 11-7, 11-3).
After winning their respective semi-finals in NEW DELHI on FRIDAY 13th January. Chennai literally smashed their way through Awadhe Warriors 4-1, with PV Sindhu beat Saina Nehwal 11-7,11-8, while Mumbai Rockets beat Hyderabad Hunters 3-1 in the second semifinal.
In an initially see-saw tie that saw Awadhe taking the lead after mixed doubles pair Savitree Amitrapai and Bodin Isara beat Chris and Gabrielle Adcock. Parupalli Kashyap pulled things back in Chennai’s favour after breezing past W Ki Wong 11-4, 11-6 but Awadhe again took the lead after Kidambi Srikanth tamed Tommy Suigarto 14-12, 11-7.
Chennai finally were in control of the semi-final when PV Sindhu beats Saina Nehwal 11-7, 11-8 before the left-right hand combination of men’s doubles pair of Adcock and Mads Kolding proved to be too much for the right-handed duo of V Goh and Markis Kido to seal the tie.
As expected, the Sindhu-Nehwal trump match proved to be the most spectacular. The Olympic silver medallist started strong to take a two-point lead but Nehwal made it look a neck-to-neck race before Sindhu got four consecutive points to win the first game. Nehwal however kept herself in the match with body smashes, allowing her to stay on Sindhu’s heels at 6-5.
Finally breaking Nehwal’s resistance was a marathon rally of 48 shots that Sindhu won to break ahead and make it 7-5. At that time Sindhu looked on top of her game, exploiting the angles of the court Nehwal failed to. Nehwal couldn’t keep up after that missing a return and failing to stretch out to Sindhu’s drop shot to trail further and finally lose the game.
World No.9 Saina started off well to edge past Sindhu 6-5 in the break before the 21-year-old World no.10 bounced back in style to take four consecutive points and clinch the first game 11-7.
It almost looked too easy for Chennai after that when Kolding and Adcock won the first game of the men’s doubles tie 11-3. A last-ditched effort saw Awadhe stretch the second game to 10-10 but Chennai kept their calm to sweep it 12-10 to spark huge celebrations at their bench.
With both the teams winning two matches each, the final match of the night between Ajay Jayaram of Mumbai and Tanongsak S of Chennai became the title clash. The contest followed the script, stretching to three games as Tanongsak maintained his calm to seal a 9-11, 11-7, 11-3 win.