PBL-SEASON-3-TIE-12-CHENNAI SMASHERS VS DELHI DASHERS

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TIE 12 of Premier Badminton League 3, held on Jan 3, saw the Chennai Smashers play against Delhi Dashers.

Delhi Dashers defeated Chennai Smashers by 3-0 as they won 3 matches on a trot after they lost their trump match. Chennai gave a walk-over after Gabby was down with an injury, which eventually handed the tie to Delhi.

Match-1-Men’s Doubles

The first match of the tie was between Chennai’s B.S.Reddy/Y.Lee and Delhi’s V.Ivanov/I.Sozonov and it was a trump match for Delhi Dashers.

In the first set of the match, Chennai raced to an early 3-0 lead after Ivanov missed his shot. Dashers picked their first point of the set with a powerful smash by Ivanov. Dashers for the first time in the set took the lead after Lee was unable to return to Sozonov’s shot. Delhi went into the break with a 2 point lead after Reddy sent Ivanov’s smash wide. Chennai after the break took 5 points on a trot and took the lead to 11-10 after Ivanov’s shot hit the net. But Ivanov leveled the scores at 11 points each with his smash. Sozonov leveled the scores once again at 13 points each with a low smash near the net. Finally, Chennai won the first set by 15-14 with a forehand shot and was leading Delhi by 1 set against the trump.

In the 2nd set of the match, Delhi leveled the scores at 1 points each with Sozonov’s smash in the middle. Reddy then leveled the scores for Chennai at 3 points each with an easy pass after Lee set him up. Chennai went into the break with a 4 point lead after Reddy’s smash and Chennai Players were playing stunning badminton. Chennai then lost their service after Reddy’s service fault, but they raced to a 13-9 lead on courtesy of some aggressive shots by them against the Russian pair. Sozonov brought the score to 11-14 with a 390 Kmph cross-court smash.

Finally, Chennai won the match by 15-11 in straight sets with Lee’s Smash and they pushed Delhi to negative score as they won the match against the trump.

This is Delhi’s 2nd loss in trump this season.

Match-2-Men’s Singles

The second match of the tie was between Chennai’s B. Leverdez and Delhi’s W.W.K.Vincent, where Vincent is the World No 15, while Leverdez is World No 24.

In the first set of the match, Brice picked his first point after an error from Vincent. Vincent then raced to a 5-2 lead with a cross-court smash. Vincent then headed into the break with a huge lead of 6 points after Brice’s smash hit the net. Brice then took 4 points on a trot after the break and reduced the deficit to 3 points with a superb smash down the line. Brice then got the better of Vincent in a 36 shot rally with a beautiful cross-court drop. Brice then got better of Vincent in a 23 shot rally after an unforced error by Vincent and was trailing Wong by 12-9.Vincent had the last laugh as he won the set by 15-10 after Brice’s shot went wide. A lot of errors from Brice cost him the first set.

In the 2nd set of the match, Vincent picked the first point with a superb backhand cross-court drop. Brice then took the lead to a 3-1 after Vincent’s poor Judgement of Brice’s shot. Vincent then leveled the scores at 4 points each with a cross-court smash. Vincent once again went into the break with a 2 point lead after a good net play between both these players, but unfortunately, Brice’s pushed his shot wide. Brice then brought the deficit to 2 points with a 361 Kmph smash. Brice then trailed Vincent by 13-14 after Vincent felt hard to return the pass which he got from Brice. Finally, Vincent won the set by 15-13 after Brice’s shot went wide. With this win, Vincent helped his team to move from the negative score in the tie.

Match-3-Men’s Singles

The third match of the tie was between Chennai’s T.Saensomboonsuk and Delhi’s T.Houwei. It was a match of near equals as Saensomboonsuk is the World No 17, while Houwei is World No 22.

In the first set of the match, Tian raced to an early lead of 3-1 with a cross-court Smash. Tian further increased his lead to 5-2 after Saensomboonsuk’s shot went wide. Saensomboonsuk then brought the score to 5-6 with a stunning cross-court smash in a superb rally. Tian went into the break with a 3 point lead after Saensomboonsuk’s shot went wide. Tian then increased the lead to 10-5 with a 399 Kmph smash. Saensomboonsuk got better of Tian in a 52 shot rally and reduced the deficit to 1 points with a cross-court smash in the end. Saensomboonsuk then went into the lead for the first time in the set with a cross-court smash. But in the end, Tian won the golden point in a thrilling first set with a drop shot in style.

In the 2nd set of the match, Saensomboonsuk raced to a 2-1 lead with a cross-court smash. He then was a sizzling start as he increased his lead to 5-1 with a jump smash. Tian brought the score to 5-7 with a smash. Saensomboonsuk went into the break with a 3 point lead and was in good control of the set. After the break, Tian took 3 points on a trot the level the scores at 8 points each after Saensomboonsuk’s shot hit the net. Tian then got better of his opponent after he forced Saensomboonsuk to make an error in a 20 shot rally. Tian then for the first time in the set took the lead with a good Smash. Tian finally won the set as well as the game with a jumping smash by 15-10.Delhi Dasher with this win leveled the scores at 1 points each in the tie.

Match-4-Women’s Singles

The fourth match of the tie was between P.V.Sindhu and Delhi’s S.J.Hyun, Where S.J.Hyun is the World No 6, while Sindhu is World No 3. Previously, Sindhu has defeated Hyun in 9 matches out of the 13 matches which she played against Hyun.

In the first set of the match, Sindhu picked the first point of the match with a smash. Hyun then leveled the scores at 2 points each after Sindhu’s smash went wide. Sindhu once again leveled the scores at 4 points each after Hyun’s drop went wide. Sindhu then got better of her opponent in a 28 shot rally after Hyun’s shot hit the net. Sindhu went into the break with a 2 point lead. Hyun brought the deficit to 2 points after an unforced error by Sindhu. Sindhu then raced to a 13-10 lead after Hyun’s shot hit the net. Finally, Sindhu won the set comfortably by 15-11 after Sindhu finished off a pass into an open court.

In the 2nd set of the game, Hyun raced to a 2-1 lead after Sindhu’s shot went wide. Sindhu then leveled the scores at 2 points each with a superb cross-court shot. Hyun took a slender lead of 2 points after Sindhu’s shot went long. Sindhu then leveled the scores at 4 points each with a deceptive drop shot. Then the lead was fluctuating on either side as they were playing superb badminton. Hyun went into the break with a slender lead of 1 point with a smash in the open court. Sindhu took a lead of 10-9 with a fierce cross-court smash. An unforced error by Sindhu gave the match point for Hyun. Finally, Hyun won the set in a hard-fought battle and forced the game into the decider after her shot hit the tape and trickled inside.

In the decider, Sindhu got the better of Hyun in a 24-shot rally after an unforced error by Sung. Sindhu raced to a 4-1 lead with a 305 Kmph smash. Sung then brought down the score to 5-6 on courtesy of some good play. Sindhu went into the break with a 2 point lead. Hyun got the better of Sindhu in a 33 shot rally after Sindhu’s shot hit the net. Hyun then got the match point with a powerful smash. But Sindhu leveled the scores at 14 points each after Sung’s shot hit the net. Finally, Sung won the set by 15-14 in a close encounter after Sindhu’s shot went wide of the baseline. Delhi leads Chennai by 2-1 in the tie.

Match-5-Mixed Doubles

The final match of the tie was between Chennai’s C. Adcock/G. Adcock and Delhi’s V.Ivanov/A. Ponnappa and it was a trump match for Chennai Smashers.

In the first set of the match, Delhi picked the first point after a slight misunderstanding by Adcock. Chennai raced to a 3-1 lead after Ashwini’s shot hit the net. During the play Gabby twisted her ankle and was in terrible pain. Hence, Chennai called off the game and eventually the tie was won by Delhi by 3-0.

FINAL MATCH SCORE

MATCH SUMMARY

MATCH NUMBERMATCH TYPEMATCH FORMATPLAYER NAME SCORECHENNAI SMASHERS POINTSDELHI DASHERS POINTS
1Men's DoublesTrump Match(DD)B.S.Reddy/Y.Lee vs V.Ivanov/I.Sozonov15-14,15-111-1
2Men's SinglesRegular MatchW.W.K.Vincent vs B. Leverdez 15-10,15-1301
3Men's SinglesRegular MatchT. Houwei vs T. Saensomboonsuk 15-14,15-1001
4Women's SinglesRegular MatchS.J.Hyun vs P.V.Sindhu11-15,15-13,15-1401
5Mixed DoublesTrump Match(CS)V.Ivanov/A. Ponnappa vs C. Adcock/G. Adcock Nil-10

LEAGUE STANDINGS

AWARDS

Vodafone Super Player of the Day  -SUNG JI HYUN

Indian Oil Indian Player of the day  -B.S.REDDY

Fastest Smash of the Tie – TIAN HOUWEI

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