PBL-SEASON-4-TIE 19-CHENNAI SMASHERS VS MUMBAI ROCKETS

TIE 19-CHENNAI SMASHERS VS MUMBAI ROCKETS

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Tie 19 of Premier Badminton League 4, held on Jan 5 ,saw the Chennai Smashers play against Mumbai Rockets.

Mumbai Rockets came up with a dominant performance as they defeated Chennai Smashers by 5-0 at the Arena Trans Stadia at Ahmedabad. This win took Mumbai to the top spot of the league table while Chennai remained at the fifth position in the table.

MATCH 1 – Men’s Singles

The first match of the Tie was between Rajiv Ouseph of Chennai Smashers and Andres Antonsen of Mumbai Rockets in the Men’s Singles Category. In the first game, Rajiv picked up the first point of the game after Antonsen shot went wide. Rajiv leveled the scores at two points after Antonsen shot caught the net. Antonsen took a 4-3 lead with a thumping smash. Rajiv reduced the deficit to two points after Antonsen forehand-unforced error. Antonsen took a 3-point lead at the break with Rajiv’s service error. After the break, Antonsen extended the lead to 11-6 with a 385 KMPH smash. However, Rajiv reduced the deficit to three points after Antonsen unforced-forehand error. Antonsen further extended his lead to 14-9 after Rajiv’s shot went long. However, Rajiv saved five-game points on a trot after Antonsen misjudgment to fight for the decider point. Finally, Antonsen won the first game by 15-14 with a forehand winner.

In the second game, Antonsen won the first point after Rajiv’s forehand-unforced error. Antonsen took a 3-1 lead after Rajiv’s service fault. Antonsen further extended his lead to 6-1 after Rajiv’s unforced error. Rajiv reduced the deficit to three points with a forehand winner before Antonsen took a 4-point lead at the break with a cross-court winner. After the break, Rajiv reduced the deficit to two points after Antonsen forehand-unforced error. Antonsen extended his lead to 11-8 with a forehand winner. Antonsen further increased his lead to 13-9 after Rajiv’s forehand-unforced error. Finally, Antonsen won the match in straight games by 15-11 after Rajiv’s shot went long that gave Mumbai Rockets a 1-0 lead in the Tie.

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MATCH 2- Mixed Doubles

The second match of the Tie was between Chris Adcock and Gabby Adcock of Chennai Smashers and K.G.Jung and P.Z.Bernadeth of Mumbai Rockets in the Mixed Doubles Category. It was a trump match for Chennai Smashers. In the first game, Chennai won the first point of the game with Chris cross-court smash before Mumbai took a 3-1 lead after Chris forehand-unforced error. Mumbai further increased their lead to 6-3 after Chris forehand-unforced error. However, Chennai reduced the deficit to two points after Chris shot landed safely inside the baseline. Mumbai took a 3-point lead after Gabby’s unforced error. After the break, Chennai leveled the scores at eight points each with Kim’s error. Mumbai took an 11-9 lead with Pia’s forehand winner. However, Chennai reduced the deficit to one point with Chris forehand smash. Finally, Mumbai won the first game by 15-14 after Chris forehand-unforced error.

In the second game, Chennai won the first point after Pia’s shot went wide. Both the teams traded points between them and kept the score ticking and Mumbai leveled the scores at three points each after Chris service error. However, Mumbai took a 6-5 lead with Chris backhand-unforced error. Mumbai took an 8-6 lead at the break with Kim’s forehand winner. After the break, Chennai leveled the scores at 10 points each with Gabby’s body smash. Chennai took a 12-11 lead with Chris Jump smash before Mumbai took a 14-13 lead with Pia’s forehand winner. Finally, Mumbai won against the trump by 15-14 with Pia’s forehand winner that gave Mumbai a 2-(-1) lead in the Tie.

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MATCH 3- Women’s Singles

The third match of the Tie was between Sung Ji Hyun of Chennai Smashers and A. Prabhudesai of Mumbai Rockets in the Women’s Singles Category. In the first game, Sung won the first point of the game after Anura’s shot went wide before Anura leveled the scores at two points each with a lovely drop. Sung took a 6-3 lead after Anura’s shot went wide. Sung took a 5-point lead at the break with Anura’s forehand-unforced error. After the break, Anura reduced the deficit to four points with a lovely drop shot. However, Sung extended her lead to 12-6 with a body smash. Finally, Sung won the first game comfortably by 15-7 after her shot safely landed inside the baseline.

In the second game, Anura picked up the first point after Sung’s forehand-unforced error before Anura leveled it up after Sung’s misjudgment. Sung took a 5-3 lead with a forehand winner. However, Anura reduced the deficit to one point with a superb smash before Sung took a 3-point lead at the break after Anura’s shot went long. After the break Sung extended her lead to 11-7 after she got the better of Anura in a 23-shot rally with a forehand winner. Sung further extended the lead to 13-8 with a lovely drop shot. Finally, Sung won the match in straight games by 15-8 with a forehand winner that gave Chennai their first win of the Tie.

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MATCH 4- Men’s Singles

The fourth match of the Tie was between P. Kashyap of Chennai Smashers and Sameer Verma of Mumbai Rockets in the Men’s Singles Category. It was a trump match for Mumbai Rockets. In the first game, Sameer won the first point with a superb deceptive shot before Kashyap took a 5-2 lead after Sameer’s forehand shot went long. However, Sameer reduced the deficit to one point after Kashyap’s misjudgment. Kashyap took a 3-point lead at the break after Sameer’s unforced error. After the break, Sameer reduced the deficit to one point on courtesy of Sameer’s brilliant net play. Kashyap extended his lead to 13-11 with a forehand winner. Finally, Kashyap won the first game by 15-12 with a cross-court winner.

In the second game, Kashyap won the first point after Sameer’s misjudgment before Kashyap took a 4-1 lead with Sameer’s forehand-unforced error. However, Sameer fought back well and took a 5-4 lead after Kashyap’s shot went wide. Kashyap took a 3-point lead at the break with a forehand smash. After the break, Sameer took a 10-8, lead with Kashyap’s forehand-unforced error. However, Kashyap leveled the scores at 12 points each with a forehand winner. Finally, Sameer forced the game into the decider by 15-13 after Kashyap’s shot went wide.

In the third game, Sameer won the first point after Kashyap’s unforced error before he took a 3-0 lead after Kashyap’s shot went long. However, Kashyap fought back and took a 4-3 lead after Sameer’s backhand-unforced error. Sameer took a 4-point lead at the break after Kashyap’s smash caught the net. After the break, Sameer extended his lead to 11-5 with a forehand winner. However, Kashyap made it difficult for Sameer to pick up easy points. Finally, Sameer won his trump match by 15-9 with a forehand winner that confirmed the Tie for Mumbai Rockets with an unassailable 4-0 lead in the Tie.

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MATCH 5-Men’s Doubles

The fifth match of the Tie was between B.S.Reddy and O.C.Chung of Chennai Smashers and L.Y.Dae and K.G.Jung of Mumbai Rockets in the Men’s Doubles Category. In the first game, Chennai picked up the first point after Kim’s shot went wide. However, Mumbai took a 4-2 lead with Kim’s powerful smash. Mumbai further extended their lead to 6-2 with Lee’s forehand winner. Mumbai took an 8-3 lead at the break with Lee’s forehand winner. After the break, Mumbai extended their lead to 11-4 after Sumeeth’s forehand-unforced error. Mumbai further extended their lead to 13-7 with Kim’s forehand winner. Finally, Mumbai won the first game by 15-8 after Sumeeth’s unforced error.

In the second game, Mumbai won the first point with Kim’s ferocious smash before Chennai leveled it up with Sumeeth’s forehand winner. Both the teams exchanged points between them and the lead kept on swinging like a pendulum before Mumbai took a 5-3 lead with Lee’s forehand winner. Chennai reduced the deficit to two points after Kim’s forehand-unforced error. Mumbai took a 2-point lead at the break with Kim’s forehand winner. After the break, Mumbai extended their lead to 10-7 with Lee’s forehand winner. Mumbai further extended their lead to 13-9 with Lee’s 372 KMPH smash down the line. Finally, Mumbai won the match in straight games by 15-10 after Chung’s forehand-unforced error that helped Mumbai to win the Tie by 5-0.

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