Hunters lose in a tough encounter against Awadhe Warriors
The 5-0 score line is rather uncharitable for the Hyderabad
Hunters, as they were extremely competitive and gave the Awadhe Warriors a
tough fight all the way. All five matches were competitive and went down to the
wire, a little bit of luck and a few points here and there was al that made the
B. Sai Praneeth gave Vincent Wong Wing Ki a tough fight in
the first match of the evening, but had little to show for his efforts – a
theme that was set to repeat itself for the remainder of the evening. Sai lost
11-13 11-6 13-11 in an intense encounter that went down to the wire. Carolina
Marin then continued her impressive run as she slayed the second successive
Hyderabad girl in two days. Saina Nehwal was ousted in 15-14 11-5 to leave the
match tied at 1-1.
Savitree Amitrapai & Bodin Isara were playing the trump
match for Warriors and they were clinical in their 11-9 12-10 victory over Chau
Hoi Wah & Satwik Sai Raj. Next up were Rajiv Ouseph & Srikanth Kidambi
for the Men’s Singles event – a highly anticipated clash.
The match lived up to its top billing and both players
produced some breathtaking badminton. The first two games were tied at 1-1 and
the third one was hard to split with both players going for their shots and not
afraid to take the risks. India’s no 1 – Srikanth eventually won the 3rd game
and the match by a whisker, to put the Warriors well and truly ahead in the
Down 4-1, the Hunters had a lot riding on the final game as
Tan Boon Heong & Tan Wee Kiong came up against Goh W Shem & Markis Kido
for their trump match. The match witnessed some furious smashing from both
teams and they were tied 1-game apiece going into the final game. A see-saw
battle ended 11-13 in favor of the warriors – once again the margin of victory
was as slender as it could get; and with a little more luck who knows what
could have been!
The Hunters leave the home turf with mixed emotions, the
high of winning the first match subdued by the loss in the second one. The
caravan now moves to Mumbai and there’s a lot riding on the next encounter in
against Mumbai Rockets on Thursday!