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Saina Nehwal leads Hyderabad Hotshots to inaugural IBL title

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August 31, 2013


23:48   Hyderabad Hotshots won the inaugural Indian Badminton League title after beating Awadhe Warriors 3-1 in the final at the NSCI, in Mumbai, on Saturday.

Hyderabad led by Saina Nehwal's crushing victory over PV Sindhu staged a remarkable comeback after losing the first match.

K Srikanth gave Awadhe Warriors a winning start as he beat Tanongsak Saemsomboonsuk 21-12, 21-20 in the opening match.

Saina's smashes were too hot to handle for the young Sindhu as she stormed to an easy 21-15, 21-7 victory in a one-sided contest.

Goh V Shem and Wah Lim Kim put Hyderabad ahead after getting better of Markis Kido and Mathias Boe 21-14, 13-21, 11-4.

Hyderabad's Ajay Jayaram rallied after losing the first game to upstage Guru Sai Dutt 10-21, 21-17, 11-7.
23:37   HYDERABAD WIN IBL FINAL!!!

Hyderabad Hotshots beat Awadhe Warriors 3-1

Ajay Jayaram (HH) vs R.M.V Guru Sai Dutt (AW): 10-21, 21-17, 11-7

Goh V Shem-Wah Lim Kim (HH) beat Markis Kido-Mathias Boe (AW) 21-14, 13-21, 11-4

Saina Nehwal (HH) beat PV Sindhu (AW) 21-15, 21-7

K Srikanth (AW) beat S Tanongsak (HH) 21-12, 21-20
23:35  Hyderabad Hotshots beat Awadhe Warriors 3-1

Ajay Jayaram (HH) vs R.M.V Guru Sai Dutt (AW): 10-21, 21-17, 11-7

It is turning out to be a tough battle in the third and final game but Jayaram sneaks out a 6-5 advantage at the break.

Guru Sai Dutt hits it long to trail 5-7. Hyderabad are now four points away from the IBL title.

Jayaram loses a point at the net before Guru Sai Dutt hits it long again as Jayaram takes a 8-6 lead.

He wins the next point to make it 9-6 with just two points need for the victory.

Guru Sai Dutt loses focus here as he commits another silly mistake to give match point and championship point to his opponent.

23:33   Hyderabad Hotshots beat Awadhe Warriors 3-1

Ajay Jayaram (HH) vs R.M.V Guru Sai Dutt (AW): 10-21, 21-17, 11-7

Guru Sai Dutt looks in total control as he takes a 7-4 lead at the first break in the second game.

Jayaram not happy with a close line call as he offered no stroke thinking the shuttle was out but was left shocked when it was called in. He made his way back into the contest to make it 10-8.

A good fightback from Jayaram as he rallies to win the second game 21-17 to take the match into the decider. The Hyderabad player won six points in a row to close the second game from a difficult position.
23:00   Hyderabad Hotshots leads Awadhe Warriors 2-1

Ajay Jayaram (HH) vs R.M.V Guru Sai Dutt (AW): 10-21


Guru Sai Dutt gets the early advantage as he takes a 7-4 lead at the first break of the first game. He continues his assault to take a 13-6 lead against Jayaram, who is unable to come up with answers at the moment.

At the second break in the first game, Guru Sai Dutt sits on a comfortable lead of 14-7.

He continues to torment his opponent with powerful smashes to stretch his lead to 18-8 before he closes the first game 21-10.
22:31   Goh V Shem-Wah Lim Kim (HH) beat Markis Kido-Mathias Boe (AW) 21-14, 13-21, 11-4

Hyderabad Hotshots lead Awadhe Warriors 2-1


Goh V Shem and Wah Lim Kim won the men's double match to give Hyderabad 2-1 lead against Awadhe Warriors in the five-match Indian Badminton League final, at the NSCI in Mumbai, on Saturday.

Hyderabad's Goh V Shem and Wah Lim Kim got the better of Markis Kido and Mathias Boe 21-14, 13-21, 11-4.

K Srikanth gave Awadhe a winning start as he beat Tanongsak Saemsomboonsuk 21-12, 21-20 in the opening match.

Saina Nehwal then stamped her authority, thrashing PV Sindhu 21-15, 21-7 to draw Hyderabad level at 1-1.
22:04  Saina Nehwal on her victory against PV Sindhu:

"Sindhu played really well and gave her best but I managed to outwit her. I have been really lucky during the entire League that I won all my matches. I am happy to have won this match and hope my team wins the League."
22:00  The best-of-five IBL final between Hyderabad Hotshots and Awadhe Warriors is level at 1-1.

K Srikanth gave Awadhe a winning start as he beat Tanongsak Saemsomboonsuk 21-12, 21-20 in the opening match.

Saina Nehwal then stamped her authority, thrashing PV Sindhu 21-15, 21-7 to draw Hyderabad level at 1-1.
21:36  Saina Nehwal beat PV Sindhu: 21-15, 21-7

Saina continues her march with two straight points after the break to stretch her lead to 16-6 before Sindhu gets one point back.

Not only is Sindhu unable to answer Saina's powerful smashes but also conceding a lot of unforced errors as he gives away another couple of easy points to trail 7-18.

Saina set for another easy win as she moves to 19-7 before Saina hits it wide to hand her opponent match point.

Saina ends with another smash to win the match 21-15, 21-12 to draw Hyderabad level at 1-1.
21:31   Saina vs Sindhu: 21-15, 14-6

Sindhu's game in total disarray as hits another into the net before getting the next point. Saina still with a big lead at 8-2.

The crowd trying to jeer up Sindhu, who swipes it powerfully crosscourt using the backhand to win the point but concedes another point courtesy of an error.

Sindhu has struggled to maintain any sort of rhythm and concedes another soft point as she misses the drop shot before Saina hits one long.

Sindhu then loses the next two points to trail 4-12 as Saina looks set for another easy win.

Her smashes have caused Sindhu a lot of problems today and the trend continues as Saina wins another point before the Hyderabadi ace shocks everyone by dumping an easy smash straight into the net.

Saina in complete control at 14-6.
21:24  Saina vs Sindhu: 21-15, 7-1

Saina continues to be on top as she races to a 3-0 lead in the second game. Sindhu needs to keep Saina in check or else it could be curtains for her in this match if the Hyderabad player runs awway with the next few points.

Sindhu struggling to keep it together as Saina races to 7-1 lead in the second game. The youngster is struggling to keep out the smashes from her experienced opponent.
21:23   Saina vs Sindhu: 21-15

Sindhu wins three points in a row after the break to reduce the margin to 12-14 before she hits one straight into the net.

Saina gets another smash bang on target, straight into the body of Sindhu, who is unable to get it back. She is annoyed and waves her racquet in anger.

Saina continues to run away with the first game, winning the next few points to make it 19-12.

Another error from Sindu gives Saina game point before she hits it wide and then hits one into the net as the lead reduces to 15-20.

Saina clinches the first game with her trademark smash to win 21-15.

21:11  A point each for the two players before Saina hits it into the net and Sindhu gets a point courtesy of the net cord to reduce the gap to 6-8.

Sindhu coming into her own as Saina is forced on the defensive before conceding another point but gets the next one to lead 9-7.

Saina's smash in bang on target as he gets the next two points to make it 11-7.

Sindhu takes the next point before another smash by Saina continues her domination. Sindhu is unable to deal with another powerful smash from Saina but gets the next point with some clever drop shots.

Saina takes the next point to make it 14-9 at the second break in the first game.
21:04  Saina takes the first point as Sindhu is unable to return a smash on her body before she hits one long.

Saina makes it 2-1 with a powerful smash before Sindhu hits it long.

Sindhu eases some early nerves with a powerful smash on the net but Saina gets the service break with a clever drop shot. 4-2.

Saina using the smash to good effect as Sindhu is unable to defend another powerful one as Saina races to a 5-2 lead before getting another point with the drop shot.

Sindhu serves it long as Saina takes a handy 7-3 lead in the first break of the first game.

21:00  So get set for the big match -- Saina Nehwal vs PV Sindhu! The two players are warming out in the middle.

Sindhu will be a bit relaxed after Srikanth gave Awadhe Warriors a 1-0 lead following his victory over Tanongsak.

The pressure will be on Saina to beat Sindhu and level the final.
20:58   Srikanth beat Tanongsak 21-12, 21-20

Nothing seems to be working for Tanongsak as he hits a smash wide before Srikanth puts one into the net to make it 15-9.

Tanongsak is fighting his way back into the contest with three consecutive points to reduce the gape to 12-15.

He continues to garner points as Srikanth returns another smash into the net before the Thai himself does the same.

Tanongsak shows superb defence against Srikanth's smashes and wins an unlikely point to narrow the gap to 14-16, winning five of the last six points.

Srikanth is crumbling under the pressure now as he misses an easy smash as Tanongsak now trails by just one point before another mistake by the Indian levels the score at 17-17.

Of the last 10 points, Tanongsak has won eight while the Indian just two.

Srikanth wins the next point before missing an easy smash as the game nears a thrilling finish at 18-18.

Tanongsak takes the lead for the first time in the match courtesy of another Srikanth mistake at 19-18.

A great rally between the two players before Srikanth clinches it with a cross court smash to make it 19-19. The Indian then misses with the smash hitting it straight into the net to give his opponent a game point at 20-19.

Tanongsak then misses the drop as the game is level at 20-20 before Srikanth finishes it with a powerful smash to win the game 21-20.
20:38  Tanongsak looks distraught as he loses another point and then another poor judgement near the baseline costs him a point as Srikanth races to 9-3 lead.

Srikanth in complete control now as Tanongsak seems to be wilting under the pressure and is giving away easy points to trail 3-12.

Tanongsak brings some cheer back to his camp winning two back to back points, rare occurence for him in this match to make it 5-12.

Srikanth misses an easy smash on the net as Tanongsak trims the gap to 7-13 before he gets another point courtesy of a powerful jump smash on the body of the Indian.

Srikanth takes the next point to make it 14-7 at the second break in the second game.
20:33   Srikanth looks unstoppable in the second game as he races to 5-0 lead as Tanongsak looks compeletely out of sorts.

The Thai player breaks the shackles with two points in row before Srikanth gets one off the cord to make it 6-2 before missing the dropping shot.

A powerful smash gives him a commanding 7-3 lead in the second game.
20:26  Srikanth running away with the first game, taking four points in a row to take a commanding lead of 18-10.

Tanongsak gets one point back but there is no stopping Srikanth, who has a game point at 20-11.

He finishes it with a powerful smash to win the first game 21-12.
20:22  Srikanth in control at the moment as he takes the next three points to double his lead to 10-5.

Tanongsak breaks the sequence of five points in a row for his opponent, as he earns his first point for a while with a powerful smash to make it 10-6.

Srikanth misses an easy opportunity as he sprays the smash wide and Tanongsak wins the next point to close the gap to 9-11.

A lucky deflection off the net followed by misjudgement from Tanongsak makes it 13-9 for Srikanth. The two players take a point each as Srikanth goes into the break at 14-10.
20:15  Tanongsak gets the first point with a powerful smash before Srikanth is unable to lift the smash and hits it into the net.

Tanongsak hits long before he gets the serve back with another smash to take a 3-1 lead. He tries a jump smash but it again it is long but gets the next point to make it 4-2.

Srikanth then catches Tanongsak off-guard with a cleverly disguised drop shot and gets the next two points with smashes on the body to take the lead. He falters on the next point trying a drop as scores are levelled at 5-5.

Srikanth then takes the next two points to make it 7-5.

20:08  So the first match of the IBL final is about to get underway with S Tanongsak of Hyderabad taking on K Srikanth of Awadhe Warriors.

Tanongsak, who has won all his five matches in the tournament, starts as the favourite against India's Srikanth.

20:06   The Indian Badminton League final in Mumbai on Saturday will see India's two best players clash against each other.

World No. 5 Saina Nehwal will lead the challenge of Hyderabad Hotshots in the title clash against Lucknow-based Awadhe Warriors, who will be spearheaded by World No. 10 PV Sindhu.

Saina won the bronze medal at the London Olympics last year, while recently Sindhu clinched the bronze at the World Championships

Tanongsak Saemsomboonsuk of Hyderabad will play in the opening match against Awadhe's K Srikanth.

The second match is the dream clash between Saina and Sindhu followed by the men's doubles match Goh V Shem and Wah Lim Khim (Hyderabad) against Markis Kido and Mathias Beo of Awadhe.

In the second men's singles Ajay Jayaram takes on Guru Sai Dutt.

In the fifth and final match, the mixed doubles pairing of Goh V Shem and Saina Nehwal will play against Markis Kido and Pia Bernadet.


20:04  Saina and Sindhu have played only once against each other, in the league encounter of the IBL.

In a one-sided encounter, Saina trampled PV Sindhu 21-19, 21-8 at the Siri Fort Complex in New Delhi.

Sindhu, who beat two Chinese in the run up to her bronze medal-winning feat at the recently concluded World Championship, had dominated the proceedings early on as she used her deceptive drops and angled slice to bamboozle Saina.

But the experienced Saina, who was depending more on her baseline down the line smashes till now, changed gears and clawed back with some immaculate body smashes and then marched ahead.


19:40  India's chief national badminton coach Pullela Gopichand believes would be a clash of style and power between two cerebral players when two of his favourite wards -- Saina Nehwal and P V Sindhu -- lock horns in the IBL final.

Gopichand, who is credited for the rise of both Saina and Sindhu, said the duo should not be looked as rivals but as a pair, who can take Indian badminton to new heights.

"It should always be Saina and Sindhu rather than who amongst the two is better. As a combination, as a pair, both of them can exchange notes at the end of each match. Both of them can benefit from each other's experience and it gives positive for Indian badminton," Gopichand said on Friday.

"Overall it is a very good development for Indian badminton that we have two players in the top 10 and both of them competing gets much better for Indian badminton than one
player playing," he added.

Talking about the Saina-Sindhu match, the former All England champion said: "It will be very interesting to see their perspective. It will be a clash of brains, it will be a
clash of styles and it will be physical power to power exchanges and the mindset as well. It will be an interesting challenge.