PBL 2018: Saina Nehwal-PV Sindhu clash to kick-start 3rd edition; Tai Tzu Ying adds lustre to star-studded line-up
The opening clash of PBL 3 between Chennai Smashers and Awadhe Warriors will feature a repeat of the 2017 Nationals final between PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal
The almost total lack of drive on the part of Delhi Acers allowed Hyderabad Hunters to hammer nail after nail into their coffin, for a thumping 5-2 final verdict.
Chennai needed the points against Awadhe to ensure a more comfortable spot on the league table, and went with more of their frontline players, all of whom duly notched up facile wins.
Acers needed their men's doubles pair of Ivan Sozonov and Vladimir Ivanov to pick up a win over the pair of Chris Adcock and Mads Pieler Kolding to put the tie out of Chennai's reach.
Ajay Jayaram and HS Prannoy pulled off spectacular wins over more fancied rivals to power Mumbai Rockets to a clean sweep of all five matches and a 6-0 score-line against holders Delhi Acers in the PBL.
The Awadhe Warriors could find it a sobering thought that, had Hyderabad’s match points been converted, the host team would have posted a comprehensive 5-2 win
Saina Nehwal lost to reigning Olympic champion Carolina Marin but her side Awadhe Warriors still beat Hyderabad Hunters in a Premier Badminton League encounter at the Gachibowli indoor stadium here tonight.