Mumbai Rockets continued their impressive display in the second season of the PBL qualifying for the finals after they beat a Carolina Marin-led Hyderabad Hunters in the semi-final. The Rockets will be joined by Chennai Smashers, who breezed past the Awadhe Warriors in the other semi-final.
Awadhe Warriors vs Chennai Smashers
Awadhe Warriors got off to a great start with Savitree Amitrapai and Bodin Isara beating the in-form Chris Adcock and Gabrielle Adcock in three to take the lead in the match. However, Chennai's P Kashyap made little work of Vincent Wong Wing Ki leveling the match at 1-1. In the second men's singles, it was Awadhe star Srikanth Kidambi's turn to give his team the lead again as he defeated Tommy Sugiarto 14-12, 11-7.
Chennai then made the first move as they picked the much-awaited match between Saina Nehwal and P V Sindhu as their Trump match. It was Sindhu's power that came out on top giving Chennai the lead for the first time in the match. The last match between Awadhe's Goh V Shem/Markis Kido and Chennai's Chris Adcock/Mads Pieler Kolding eventually automatically became a mini semi-final. It was the Chennai-duo who came out on top and booked a place in the final.
Awadhe 1-4 Chennai
Amitrapai/Isara 9-11, 11-8, 11-5 Adcock/Adcock
Vincent Wong Wing Ki 4-11, 6-11 P Kashyap
Srikanth Kidambi 14-12, 11-7 Tommy Sugiarto
Saina Nehwal 7-11, 8-11 P V Sindhu(T)
Shem/Kido(T) 3-11, 10-12 Adcock/Kolding
Mumbai Rockets vs Hyderabad Hunters
The first match of the tie was between the two highest ranked women players in the league as Hyderabad's Carolina Marin took on the challenge of Mumbai star Sung Ji Hyun. The latter was the only player to beat the Spaniard in the group stages but found herself one game down in no time at all as Marin took the first game of the Hyderabad Trump match 11-6. However, Hyun came back stronger in the remaining games to win the tie 11-6, 11-5 and hand her team a -1-1 lead.
Mumbai smelled blood and handed unbeaten H S Prannoy the Trump match against Sameer Verma. Prannoy won the first game rather comfortably by a score of 11-8. The second game proved to be a much closer affair with Verma having
With the second win, the Rockets took and an unassailable lead in the match and will now face the Chennai Smashers in the final in Delhi today.
Hyderabad -1-3 Mumbai
Carolina Marin 11-6, 6-11, 5-11 Sung Ji Hyun
Sameer Verma 8-11, 13-15 H S Prannoy