The second evening of the Ahmedabad leg of the Premier Badminton League season 4 saw Chennai Smashers edge out Pune 7Aces 4-3 in Tie No.17 at the Transtadia.
The Carolina Marin led side found the going tough against the Sung Ji Hyun led side who won the first three matches to win the Tie. This was Pune’s fourth loss in the league.
The first match of the tie was Smashers’ Trump match where their Mixed Doubles pair of Chris Adcock and Gabby Adcock made short work of Pune pair Line Kjaersfeldt and Vladimir Ivanov in straight games 15-14, 15-13. The win gave the Smashers a 2-0 lead in the tie.
The second match of the tie saw, French man Brice Leverdez turn up for the 7Aces against Englishman Rajiv Ouseph of Chennai Smashers, where the latter got better of Leverdez in a 3-game affair which saw fortunes changing in each game. Ouseph won the match 15-6, 8-15, 15-13 to give his team a 3-0 lead in the tie.
The much-anticipated clash between Marin and Sung Ji Hyun was up next and saw the Spaniard cave in to the Korean challenge in a 3-game contest where the first game thriller went 15-14 in Hyun’s favor, Marin then came back strongly to claim the second game 15-7 but couldn’t sustain the momentum and narrowly lost the third game and eventually the match at 15-13. The win gave the Chennai Smashers an unassailable lead of 4-0 in the tie.
With two more matches left in the tie, 7 Aces had the reputation at stake, the Men’s Doubles pair of Ivanov and Chirag Shetty took on Chris Adcock and B Sumeeth Reddy in their Trump match where they eased past the Smashers in straight games 15-14, 15-13. The Aces narrowed the overall score in the tie to 4-2.
The last match of the tie saw Ajay Jayaram of Pune take on Chong Wei Feng of Chennai in the Men’s Singles, where the Indian lost the first game 13-15 but came back strongly to net home the second game at 15-7 as well as the third and the final game 15-11 to end the tie.
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