After Prannoy and Tai set up Ahmedabad for a tie-breaker with their respective wins over Srikanth and Nehwal, Nandagopal and Reginald failed to grasp the opportunity. Ahmedabad had a great chance to win the match but Sourabh Verma squandered five match points against Kashyap.
Man and Pedersen get the better of Him and Juhl in an error-filled duel
Having a poor start has now become quite synonymous with Ahmedabad’s mixed doubles duo. After starting on the back foot on each of the previous two occasions, Juhl, with new partner Him, had a shaky beginning this time as well with Pedersen and Man winning three straight points to go into the break 8-4. The Smash Masters, however, reduced the margin to 9-8 buoyed by some resilient display by Juhl. The game remained closely competitive following that as the score flashed 14-14 before Man failed to clear the net to gift Ahmedabad the first game. The Smash Masters started the second game on the defensive as Awadhe were quick to go up 2-0 but Juhl
Kashyap outplays Sourabh in a thrilling
After being on the receiving end of a convincing defeat at the hands of IL in the last match, Sourabh needed to make some significant adjustments to his game this time and his offensive and positive start reflected that. He won two straight points and Kashyap made sure to sweat him out for the second one. Though Kashyap opened his account, Verma looked unperturbed by it as he went into the break 8-5. Kashyap started fighting back after the break winning four straight points to lead 9-8. However, Sourabh regained his composure from thereon and although Kashyap had his rare moments, the Masters' star went to win the game 15-11. The second game started on a more competitive note before Sourabh took a 4-2 lead after both shared two points each. However, Kashyap wasn’t letting his last chance of the day go and he took the lead at 7-6 ending an enthralling rally with a fierce
Prannoy tames an uncharacteristically passive Srikanth
The most anticipated game of the evening started in a one-sided manner with Prannoy leading 6-2 in no time as Srikanth started in his characteristic slow manner as he went into the break trailing 8-2. Though the crowd got to see a better version of Awadhe’s superstar after the break, a determined and confident Prannoy was not one to squander his hard-earned lead like his teammates in previous games, as he went on to the seal the first game quite comfortably at 15-8. Srikanth, who didn’t look anything like his otherwise dangerous and offensive self in the first game, turned on the heat in the second as he led 4-1. But, the mercurial Prannoy came back strong to go into the break 8-5. With Ahmedabad losing the first two games, which included a crucial trump card defeat, Prannoy needed to win this desperately and he looked like a man on a mission. Srikanth was hardly given a chance to make an impact whatsoever as Prannoy ran onto lead 14-7. Though Srikanth came close with some quick points to reduce the margin at 11-14, Prannoy sealed the match soon after.
Saina Nehwal no match for Tai Tzu Ying
With Ahmedabad sniffing a chance of a genuine comeback, Saina Nehwal had an uphill task of beating World No. 1 Ying in her singles clash, and her difficulty in overcoming the Taiwanese was quite evident in the manner the game kicked off. The Indian hardly questioned Ying who went into the break leading comfortably at 8-4. The Chinese Taipei showed unbelievable control over her shots and body and forced Nehwal to sweat at every inch of the court leading the game 12-4 before Nehwal managed to get her next point, that too from Ying’s error. She sealed the game 15-5 with Ahmedabad already looking at the deciding match of the men’s doubles. Saina started aggressively in the second game leading 3-0 within a flash before Ying started weaving her comeback to lead 4-3 with straight points before going into the break 8-6. Nehwal showed yet another rejuvenated spell following the break and led at a crucial 12-11 but was visibly out of breath by then and Ying capitalized on it before winning the close game 15-14 and
Nandagopal and Reginald fail to save the tie against Man and
Ahmedabad’s men’s duo didn’t start in the brightest of manner either with Setiawan and Tang leading 5-2 even when the pair of Reginald and Nandagopal were getting used to the paces. Awadhe went