PV Sindhu clinched an exciting Trump Match as the Chennai Smashers scored a 4-3 win over the Hyderabad Hunters in their Premier Badminton League clash on Sunday.
The Smashers got off to a great start when the mixed doubles pairing of Chris Adcock and Pia Zebadiah comfortably saw off the challenge of Carsten Mogensen and Jwala Gutta. The former winning 15-7, 15-7.
The Hunters responded well as Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei defeated Indonesia's Sony Dwi Kuncoro 15-3, 12-1,5 15-8 in their mens singles match-up.
However, the day's other mens singles match was won by Chennai's Simon Santoso as he proved too good for Parupalli Kashyap. Kashyap, the 2014 Commonwealth Games gold medallist, has had a disappointing PBL so far and his loss saw Hyderabad fall 1-2 behind in the tie.
Sindhu's epic womens singles encounter with Supanida K was the highlight of the day's play. The match went the full-distance and it was Sindhu of the Smashers who edged her experienced Thai opponent 15-5 in the third and decisive game to take the match. The Smashers showed great faith in Sindhu by selecting her in their Trump Match. Sindhu's victory meant that the Smashers commanded an unassailable 4-1 lead heading the final match of the day.
"In the first game, I executed very well and continued to put the pressure on her by winning the game," Sindhu said after her victory.
"The second game was very tough as she bounced back very strongly. Our intense battle for each point continued in the third game. I re-worked on my game-plan and played added aggression to counter Supanida, which yielded a good win for me," she concluded.
Hyderabad's Trump Match was competed by their own mens pairing of Mogensen and Markis Kido and Chennai's mens pairing of Adcock and Pranav Chopra. The Hunters won this match but it was only a consolation victory as the Smashers took the tie 4-3.