PBL-SEASON-4-TIE 14-AWADHE WARRIORS VS MUMBAI ROCKETS

TIE 14-AWADHE WARRIORS VS MUMBAI ROCKETS

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Tie 14 of Premier Badminton League 4, held on Dec 31 ,saw the Awadhe Warriors play against Mumbai Rockets.

Mumbai Rockets defeated Awadhe Warriors by 5-2 at Shree Chhatrapati Sports Complex in Pune. This win took Mumbai to the top spot in the league table, while Awadhe Warriors moved to the fourth spot.

MATCH 1 – Women’s Doubles

The first match of the Tie was between Beiwen Zhang of Mumbai Rockets and Shriyanshi Pardeshi of Awadhe Warriors in the Women’s Singles Category. It was a trump Match for Awadhe Warriors. In the first game, Pardeshi picked up the first point of the game with Zhang’s unforced error before Zhang leveled the scores after Pardeshi’s backhand shot went long. Zhang took a 5-3 lead after Pardeshi’s drop shot caught the net. However, Pardeshi leveled the scores at five points each after Zhang’s forehand error. Zhang took a 2-point lead at the break with Pardeshi’s unforced error. After the break, Zhang extended her lead to 13-7 with Pardeshi’s backhand error. Finally, However Pardeshi picked up three consecutive points to a forge a comeback, but in the end, Zhang took the first game by 15-10 after Pardeshi’s unforced error.

In the second game, Pardeshi started the game well by taking an early 3-1 lead after Zhang’s backhand shot went wide. An unforced error from Pardeshi leveled the scores for Zhang at four points each. Back-to-back unforced errors from Pardeshi gave Zhang a 6-4 lead. Zhang took a 3-point lead at the break after Pardeshi’s forehand shot went long. After the break, Zhang extended her lead to 11-7 with a forehand cross-court winner. However, Pardeshi reduced the deficit to two points after Zhang’s forehand shot went wide. A forehand error from Pardeshi extended Zhang’s lead to 13-9. Finally, Zhang won her trump match in straight games by 15-10 with Pardeshi’s unforced-forehand error that gave Awadhe Warriors a 2-0 lead in the Tie.

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MATCH 2- Men’s Doubles

The second match of the Tie was between Lee Yang and M.R.Arjun of Mumbai Rockets and Kim Gi Jung and Lee Yong Dae of Awadhe Warriors in the Men’s Doubles Category. It was a trump Match for Mumbai Rockets. In the first game, Mumbai picked up the first point with Lee’s forehand error. Mumbai soon raced to a 4-1 lead after Arjun’s backhand error. Warriors reduced the deficit to three points with Arjun’s delicate drop shot before Mumbai took an 8-5 lead at the break after Lee’s unforced error. After the break, Mumbai extended their lead to 12-6 after Lee’s drop shot caught the net. Finally, Mumbai won the first game comfortably by 15-7 with Lee’s backhand winner.

In the second game, Kim and Lee started very well as they took a 5-2 lead after Yang’s forehand error before Mumbai Rockets took a 4-point lead at the break. After the break, Mumbai extended their lead to 11-5 with Yang’s unforced error. Awadhe reduced the deficit to four points with Kim’s forehand error. However, Mumbai extended their lead further to 14-8 with Lee’s body smash. Finally, Mumbai won their trump match in straight games by 15-9 to level the scores at two points each for both teams in the Tie.

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MATCH 3- Men’s Singles

The third match of the Tie was between Son Wan Ho of Mumbai Rockets and Andres Antonsen of Awadhe Warriors in the Men’s Singles Category. In the first game, Son picked up the first point with a forehand cross-court winner and raced to an early 5-1 lead after Antonsen cross-court shot went wide. Antonsen reduced the deficit to two points with a jump smash down the line. Son took a healthy 4-point lead at the break with a forehand smash down the line. After the break, Son extended his lead to 10-5 with a jump smash down the line. Son further extended his lead to 13-6 after Antonsen jump smash caught the net. Finally, Son won the first game comfortably by 15-6 with a forehand winner.

In the second game, Son got the first point with a forehand cross-court winner before Antonsen leveled it with Son’s backhand error. Son took a 3-2 lead after Antonsen lob went long. However, Antonsen took a 6-5 lead with Son’s backhand error. Antonsen took an 8-5 lead at the break with a forehand winner. After the break, Son leveled the scores at eight points after Antonsen misjudgment. Both the players exchanged points between them and kept the score ticking before Antonsen took a 13-10 lead after Son’s forehand smash went wide. Finally, Antonsen forced the game into the decider by 15-11 after Son’s jump smash caught the net.

In the third game, Son took an early 2-0, lead after Antonsen jump smash caught the net. However, Antonsen reduced the deficit to one point with Son’s forehand error. Son extended his lead to 7-3 lead with Antonsen forehand error. However, Antonsen leveled the scores at seven points each with a jump smash down the line. Son took a 1-point lead at the break with a body smash. After the break, Antonsen extended his lead to 12-9 with a forehand winner. However, Son leveled the scores at 12 points each with a jump smash down the line. Antonsen took a 14-13 lead with a cross-court winner, but Son leveled it with a jump smash. Finally, Antonsen won the match by 15-14 with a backhand winner that gave Mumba a 3-2 lead in the Tie.

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MATCH 4- Men’s Singles

The fourth match of the Tie was between Lee Dong Keun of Mumbai Rockets and Sameer Verma of Awadhe Warriors in the Men’s Singles Category. In the first game, Lee picked up the first point before he took an early 3-2 lead. However, Verma leveled the scores with a forehand winner. Verma took a 5-3 lead with a cross-court winner. Verma took an 8-5 lead at the break with Lee’s unforced error. After the break, Verma extended his lead to 13-7 with a backhand winner. Finally, Verma won the first game by 15-11 with a forehand smash.

In the second game, Sameer took a quick 2-0 lead before Lee took a 4-3 lead with a forehand winner. Lee took a 7-4 lead over Sameer with a jump smash before he took a 2-point lead at the break. After the break, Lee extended his lead to 11-6 with a forehand winner. However, Sameer reduced the deficit to three points with a forehand winner. Lee extended the lead to 13-8 with a forehand-unforced error. Finally, Lee forced the game into the decider by 15-8 after Sameer’s forehand shot went wide.

In the third game, Lee picked up the first point of the decider with a forehand smash down the line. Verma took a 3-2 lead with a forehand winner. However, Lee leveled the scores at four points each with Sameer’s unforced error. Verma leveled the scores at six points with a delicate drop shot before Lee entered the break with a 1-point lead. After the break, Sameer took a 12-10, lead with Sameer’s unforced error. Lee reduced the deficit to one point with a backhand winner. Finally, Sameer won the match in a thriller by 15-11 with a forehand smash that confirmed the Tie for Mumbai Rockets with one match more to go.

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MATCH 5- Mixed Doubles

The fifth match of the Tie was between Mathias Christiansen and Ashwini Ponnappa of Mumbai Rockets and Pia Zebadiah and Kim Gi Jung of Awadhe Warriors in the Mixed Doubles Category. In the first game, Mumbai picked up the first point with Pia’s body smash. Awadhe took an early 4-2 lead with Ponnappa’s smash. Awadhe extended their lead to 7-4 with Mathias thumping smash. Awadhe took an 8-4 lead after Jung’s shot caught the net. After the break, Mumbai upped the ante and took a 10-8, lead after Ponnappa’s shot went long. Mumbai extended their lead to 13-9 with Jung’s 398 KMPH smash. Finally, Mumbai took the first set by 15-10 after Mathias service error.

In the second game, Mumbai took a 2-1, lead with Pia’s good placement before Warriors leveled the scores at three points each with Mathias smash. Awadhe extended their lead to 6-3 lead after Jung’s forehand error. Awadhe took an 8-3 lead at the break with Mathias forehand winner. After the break, Awadhe extended their lead to 13-7 lead with Mathias smash down the line. Finally, Awadhe forced the game into the decider by 15-7 after Pia’s shot caught the net.

In the third game, Mumbai took a quick 5-0 lead after Ponnappa’s shot went long. Awadhe picked up their first point of the game after Jung’s forehand error. However, Awadhe reduced the deficit to three points with Mathias forehand winner. Mumbai took a 3-point lead at the break after Pia’s shot landed inside the baseline. After the break, Mumbai extended their lead to 11-6 after Mathias shot went wide. However, Awadhe leveled the scores at 12 points each after Pia’s backhand shot caught the net. Finally, Mumbai won the match by 15-13 after Ponnappa’s shot caught the net.

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