PBL 2017: Awadhe Warriors Thump Hyderabad Hunters 5-0 in Opener

Updated: 02 January 2017 22:41 IST

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

PBL 2017: Awadhe Warriors Thump Hyderabad Hunters 5-0 in Opener
PBL 2017: Saina Nehwal lost to Carolina Marin by a scoreline of 14-15, 5-11. (File photo) © AFP

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.

Then Carolina Marin of Hyderabad Hunters put on a composed display as she beat Awadhe Warriors' Saina Nehwal 15-14, 11-5 to level the match at 1-1.

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.

Topics : Badminton Saina Nehwal
Highlights
  • Saina Nehwal lost to Carolina Marin in PBL 2017
  • Marin won the match in two games, 15-14, 11-6
  • Awadhe's Ki Vincent had earlier beaten Hyderabad's Sai Praneeth
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