PBL 2017: Awadhe Warriors Thump Hyderabad Hunters 5-0 in Opener
Saina Nehwal of Awadhe Warriors lost her much-awaited clash against Hyderabad Hunters' Carolina Marin 14-15, 5-11 in Premier Badminton League 2017 on Monday
Awadhe Warriors began their Premier Badminton League 2017 campaign in style on Monday, when they thrashed Hyderabad Hunters 5-0 on Monday.
In the evening's first game, Awadhe's Wong Wing Ki Vincent beat Hyderabad's B Sai Praneeth 11-13, 11-6, 13-11.
In a close first game, Saina and Marin fought it out toe-to-toe as both struggled to build up a lead.
While Marin once did manage to take a 9-5 lead, Saina fought back to level things up at 10-10. Marin eventually prevailed 15-14 in the game.
In the second game, Marin showed more aggression and dominated with some effective smashes. After taking an 8-0 lead, she closed out the game at 11-5 to win the match.
Awadhe Warriors then won their trump match in mixed doubles to take a 3-1 lead, before Kidambi Srikanth defeated Hyderabad's Rajiv Ouseph to give his side a 4-1 lead.
In the evening's final match, Awadhe won Hyderabad's trump match to finish with a 5-0 scoreline.