Saina Nehwal’s Warriors trumps the Aces in PBL
World No.2 Saina Nehwal notched up a comfortable straight-game victory in their Trump match over P C Thulashi in women’s singles to guide Awadhe Warriors to a convincing victory over Delhi Aces in their Premier Badminton League (PBL) match on Monday.
Olympic bronze medallist Saina, B Sai Praneeth and doubles pair of Bodin Issara and Cai Yun won their respective matches to take an unassailable 4-1 lead over Delhi in their second tie, after they had gone down fighting against Mumbai Rockets 2-3 in their last outing.
Star of Awadhe Warriors’ last match S Tanongsak started the proceedings as he played the opening men’s singles against Delhi Aces’ Tommy Sugiarto but the Thai shuttler could not repeat a winning performance as the former World No.3 Indonesian registered a 15-13, 15-11 win to draw the first blood in the five-match tie.
“He was very good. While I won the match in two games but he gave me a tough fight. I had to keep a complete check on his shots as he mixed it very well. I am happy I won and opened the account for my team,” Sugiarto said.