press trust of india
Pune/Bangalore, 23 August
Banga Beats’ hopes of reaching the semi-finals of the Indian Badminton League went up in smoke after they lost their must-win match against hosts Pune Pistons 0-3 at the Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex, Balewadi here today.
It was a Bangalorean who started the demolition of Banga Beats with Anup Sridhar notching up an upset 21-12 21-18 victory against Hu Yun in the first men’s singles to give Pune a 1-0 lead.
World number three Juliane Schenk put it across Carolina Marin 21-20 21-10 in the women’s singles to take Pune to a commanding position.
Trailing 0-2, Bangalore’s Carsten Mogensen and Akshay Dewalkar then took the court but lost 18-21 18-21 against the experienced pair of Joachim Fischer Nielsen and Kiong Tan Wee which allowed the Pistons to take an unassailable 3-0 lead.
Masters v Warriors: Mumbai Masters will look to put behind the disappointment of the defeat at the hands of Saina Nehwal-led Hyderabad Hotshots in their previous match and focus on staying in hunt for a semi-final berth when they cross swords with resilient Awadhe Warriors in the Indian Badminton League tomorrow.
Despite a thrilling victory for world number one Lee Chong Wei of Mumbai Masters in the opening match yesterday, they lost the plot after the Hotshots bounced back with Saina guiding the team to a 3-2 win.
But come tomorrow, Mumbai will be expecting Chong Wei (Malaysia), Marc Zwiebler (Germany), Tine Baun (Denmark) and Vladimir Ivanov (Russia) to perform to their potential.
Maiden win for Awadhe: Awadhe Warriors, spearheaded by P V Sindhu, brought down the Delhi Smashers in impressive style with a comprehensive 4-1 victory in the Indian Badminton League.