TTSL TN – Day 2 – LA Black Thunders vs Maahee Warriors
Maahee Warriors scored a win against LA Black Thunders at the TTSL TN Day 2 event held at Express Avenue Mall, Chennai, with a score of 5-4. The end of the group stage saw Maahee Warriors with 100 points and LA Black Thunders grabbing 90.
G VijayaBabu from LA BLACK THUNDERS went against R Ramachandran from MaaHee Warriors, there were a lot of errors on the part of Ramachandran who was kept on his back foot by the focused volleys from Vijayababu. When Ramachandran won a set, Vijayababu made him work for it, whereas when Vijayababu won a set, and the match it was total domination. The scorecard – 11-3, 6-11, 11-7, 10-12, 11-4.
S Nikhil from LA BLACK THUNDERS took on E Prabhakaran from Maahee warriors, three sets of the same template, with Prabhakaran taking the lead, Nikhil fighting back and forcing errors on Prabhakaran, Prabhakaran getting caught unawares to the ferocity of attacks from Nikhil. The scorecard – 11-8, 11-6, 11-7.
AV Niveditha from LA BLACK THUNDERS took on Abhinaya Ramesh from Mahee warriors. Niveditha’s furious forehand smashes were a treat to watch as her dance was mirrored by Abhinaya, neither of these two fine athletes giving any quarter, each trying to best the other either through top spins or smashes disguised as spins. Niveditha won the match by taking three of the five sets played. The scorecard – 8-11, 11-8, 6-11. 11-2. 11-6.
Mixed Doubles, Juniors
Shriram Kannan and Nityashree M of Maahee Warriors took on TV Thriambak and Kowshika Venkatesan of LA BLACK THUNDERS. It was like watching mirror opposites wearing different colored jerseys, both; Thriambak and Shriram were loud, strong, and wanted to sink the ball into the other’s court. While Nityashree and Kowshika were calm, collected and acted as the wave breakers to the ferocity of their partner’s attacks, the duo from Maahee warriors wearing the red, won the match 3-2. The scorecard – 11-9, 9-11, 5-11, 16-14, 11-5.
S Peeyesh from Maahee Warriors took on V Muralidharan from LA BLACK THUNDERS, even though murali tried his best, he couldn’t get behind the ironclad defense of the best player in the cadet division, the score reading 11-8, 10-6, 11-7.
Mixed Doubles, Seniors
S Nikhil and AV Niveditha from LA BLACK THUNDERS were beaten as they took the match to E Prabhakaran and Abhinaya Ramesh from Maahee warriors, the team in red did not force any errors from nikhil and Niveditha, instead, allowed them to make the mistakes as the team in black tried to end the game fast and missed smashes after smashes. The scorecard reads: 8-11, 9-11, 9-11.
Junior Girls Singles
Kowshika Venkatensan from LA BLACK THUNDERS took the match from the hands of NityaShree M from Maahee warriors, with some clever placement of the ball into the hands of Nitya who was caught unawares on how to return them, the final scorecard read: 11-5, 11-8, 11-7.
S VijayaBabu teamed up with S Nikhil against the team from Maahee warriors of E Prabhakaran and R Ramachandran, Nikhil and Vijayababu danced around the team in red winning the first set 11-8. However, a series of costly mistakes, no control over the power of the shots and restraint from Prabhakaran and Ramachandran saw them winning the next three sets 11-9, 11-9, 11-8 and the match.
Men’s Singles, Junior
TV Thriambak from LA BLACK THUNDER and Shriram Kannan from Maahee warrior were locked in a duel of who can scare the other with their shouts after getting a point, Shriram’s power was equally matched in ferocity by Thriambak, but his callous smashes cost him three direct sets and the match.
The scorecard – 11-7, 11-6, 11-8.