Carolina Marin showcased a splendid performance in the Trump match as Hyderabad Hunters beat North East Warriors without breaking a sweat in their campaign opener on Sunday. The Hunters took an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match tie at the Karmabir Nabin Chandra Bordoloi Stadium in Guwahati.
The Hyderabad-based franchise won their men’s doubles, men’s singles, and women’s singles
In the second match of the tie, surprisingly, Lee Hyun Il caused an upset by defeating Ajay Jayaram 15-13, 11-15, 15-6 in the men’s singles match. Jayaram earlier had a 3-0 advantage against the Korean and lived up to the billing by racing to a 6-0 lead in the first game. However, Lee Hyun made a roaring comeback suddenly and secured the first game 15-13. Although the Indian bounced back in the second and forced the contest into a decider, Lee Hyun closed out the match with a dominant display.
Hunters used their Trump card on Rio Olympics Gold medalist Marin and the Spaniard also justified the faith by getting the better of Michelle Li 15-9, 15-11 and the victory fetched them two points. After three matches, they had garnered four points while the Warriors were yet to open their account.
Results:Men’s doubles: Markis Kido/Yoo Yeon Seong bt Kim Gi Jung/ Shin Baek Cheol 15-10, 13-15, 15-13.
Men’s singles: Lee Hyun Il bt AjayJayaram 15-13,11-15, 15-6.
Women’s singles:Carolina Marin bt Michelle Li 15-9,15-11.