PBL: Advantage Delhi in battle for semis

DECCAN CHRONICLE.
Published Jan 11, 2018, 12:52 am IST
Updated Jan 11, 2018, 12:52 am IST
Tian Houwei led the Delhi charge with a brilliant recovery in his men's singles duel against Tzu Wei Wang before winning 10-15, 15-8, 11-15.
North Eastern Warriors’ Ajay Jayaram in action against Delhi Dashers’ Wing Ki Wong Vincent in Hyderabad.
 North Eastern Warriors’ Ajay Jayaram in action against Delhi Dashers’ Wing Ki Wong Vincent in Hyderabad.

Hyderabad: Delhi Dashers set the early pace, taking a 2-1 lead over North Eastern Warriors in the battle for a semi-final spot, as the Hyderabad leg of the third Premier Badminton League got under way on Wednesday.

Tian Houwei led the Delhi charge with a brilliant recovery in his men's singles duel against Tzu Wei Wang before winning 10-15, 15-8, 11-15. The Chinese, ranked 22 in the world, was down 2-8 in the final game but bounced back to clinch it 15-11 and upset the world no. 11.

 

Wang's defeat was a big blow for the Warriors as it was their trump match which meant they ended up with a negative point. Interestingly, it was their first trump loss of the season, having won all four earlier.

Michelle Li and Shin Baek Cheol had provided a bright start to the Warriors winning their mixed doubles duel against the Delhi pair of Ashwini Ponnappa and Vladimir Ivanov 15-13, 15-11.

But Wing Ki Wong Vincent helped Delhi level scores as he won the day's first men's singles against Ajay Jayaram 15-13, 10-15, 15-12.

The world no. 15 began well by clinching a tight first game 15-13 only to find the Indian stage a fight back in the second with a combination of deft placements and effective smashes. Jayaram, ranked 38th in the world, went on to pocket the second game 15-12.





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