Marin beats Ashwini of Bengaluru Blasters help Hyderabad Hunters win tie 4-3
Bengaluru, December 8 – Carolina Marin escaped a shock defeat against Ashwini Ponnappa of Bengaluru Blasters to win 9-11, 11-5, 11-8 to help Hyderabad Hunters win 4-3 in the Vodafone Premier Badminton League Season 2, powered by Maruti Suzuki at the Koramangala Indoor Stadium here today.
Fans who hadpoured in large numbers to support their home team in a crucial encounter werein for an experience of their life with local star Ashwini Ponnappa taking onCarolina Marin of Hyderabad Hunters. It was the away side’s trump match andtrailing 3-2 in the tie, it was a do-or-die clash for them. Marin walked intothe match as a clear favourite considering Ashwini was not a regular singlesplayer. But Ashwini was in a different zone altogether and took the first game11-9, to send the packed Kormangala Stadium into a wave of joy. The clapsbecame louder and chant for Ashwini became more vociferous.With a brilliant show in the first game, Marin however bounced back to win thesecond game 11-5. In the deciding game, it was a close encounter with Ashwinieventually going down 8-11 after a spirited performance to hand Hyderabad theadvantage.Earlier in the day, Bengaluru Blasters made astrong comeback in their second match to level the score 1-1 after Sung Hyun Koand Siki Reddy beat Carolina Marin and Satwiksairaj Rankiredd 11-9, 11-7.
Starting the match, it was a close battle with both the teams involved in an intense duel. With a neck to neck battle, it looked like both the fortune could swing towards either side. But the experience of the Bengaluru pair in the mixed doubles section gave them an edge over their Hyderabad pair and they finally won the first game 11-9. In the second game, Siki and Sung Hyun started off on an attacking note with Marin and Satwik clearly failing to conjure anything that would lead them towards a win. Errors became more frequent and the Bengaluru grew into the game. At one point, they were leading 8-2 and looked like cruising to an emphatic win. Hyderabad launched a late fight back but it could not prove enough and they crashed to a 7-11 in the second game. In the third match of the tie, Viktor Axelsen of Blasters took on B. Sai Praneeth of Hunters in the second men’s singles tie. It was a crucial tie from Bengaluru’s point of view as it was their trump match. With lot at stake for Viktor, he did disappoint dished out a dominating performance to win 11-6, 11-5 to win the match and help their side take a 3-1 lead. Hyderabad bounced back in the fourth match of the tie, with the pair of Boon Heong Tan and Wee Kiong making an epic comeback after going a game down to win the men’s doubles match 5-11,11-13, 11-8 against Sung Hyun Ko and Yeon Seong Yoo to reduce the gap to 3-4. In the opening match of the tie, Sameer Verma of Hyderabad Hunters took on the experienced Boonsak Ponsana of Bengaluru Blasters. Sameer who is dubbed as one of the future stars of Indian badminton repaid his team’s faith in him to win the match 11-8, 11-7 to help his side draw the first blood.
The highprofile clash will see Viktor Axelsen of Bengaluru take on Sai Praneeth ofHyderabad. The match will be Home side’s trump match, while Sung Hyun Ko andYeon Seong Yoo of Blasters will go up against Boon Heong Tan and Wee Kiong Tanof Hunter in the men’s double clash. In the last match of the tie, CarolinaMarin will play her trump match against Ashwini Ponnappa in the women’s singlecategory.Points Tally
Dates: January 1-14 ’2017
BroadcastPartner: Star sports- HD 1 & 3 and SS1 & 3
TicketingPartner: Book MyShow
Format: Best of 3 sets with 11 pointsets
No ofmatches in each Tie:5
Prizemoney: 6 cr -winner - 3cr, runner up -1.5cr, 3rd and 4th place finish - 75 lakhs each