The Tie 18 of the Premier Badminton League season 4 saw Ashwini Ponnappa led Awadhe Warriors annihilate home favorites Ahmedabad Smash Masters 6- (-1) in a one-sided tie at the Transtadia, Ahmedabad.
The tie saw Beiwen Zhang make a comeback after losing the first game and emerge victorious for the Warriors in their Trump match against Kirsty Gilmour with a scoreline of 10-15, 15-11, 15-11. The match put the Awadhe Warriors at 2-0 in the tie.
The second match of the tie saw Men’s Doubles pair of Yang Lee and Mathias Christiansen earn a consecutive victory for the Warriors against the Indian pair of Satwik Sairaj Ranki Reddy and K Nandagopal ina 3-game encounter with a scoreline of 15-12, 10-15, 15-6.
The third match of the tie too went into 3 games where San Wan ho secured the tie for the Warriors against Victor Axelsen with a scoreline of 15-7, 8-15, 15-10. The result of the match gave the Warriors an unassailable lead in the tie.
The fourth match of the tie saw Saurabh Verma of the Ahmedabad Smash Masters lose his Trump match against Dong Keun Lee. Verma’s stay at the court was short as he conceded the match in straight games 8-15, 12-15. The score of the tie brought the Smash Masters to negative at (-1)-5.
The final match of the tie saw Ashwini Ponnappa turn up in the Mixed Doubles with Mathias Christiansen to wrap up the evening against Indian pair of N Sikki Reddy and Satwik Sairaj Ranki Reddy of Smash Masters in a match that was another 3-game encounter with a scoreline of 13-15, 15-10, 15-12. The match saw Ahmedabad's pair refuse a point awarded to the Warriors at the death, following which the Awadh management decided to play the point again.
This was Ahmedabad’s second straight loss in the league, whereas the win took the Awadhe Warriors to the 2nd spot on the points table with 16 points.
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