Lucknow: Awadhe Warriors displayed yet another dominating performance to beat Delhi Acers 6 1(-1) and to virtually knock them out of the semifinals reckoning in the Vodafone Premier Badminton League Season 2 at Babu Banarasi Das Indoor Stadium on Thursday.
With the win, Awadhe Warriors now have won nine out of 10 matches; to make it two in two ties and establish themselves as a clear favourite to go all the way in the tournament.
Saina Nehwal was back to winning ways as she outwitted Nitchaon Jindapol of Acers 14-12, 11-7. It helped the Warriors take a 3-0 advantage over the Acers. “Lucknow has always been a great venue for and I am very happy to be here and win the match. I am pleased that I have been able to win the trump match and help my team take the advantage. I felt I played very good and it is actually satisfying to have such a great win after a long time,” Saina said after the match.
In the match which was a repeat from the pre-quarters from Rio Olympics, Srikanth and Jorgensen were involved in a thrilling battle. While Srikanth was looking for an encore, it was revenge on Jorgensen’s mind with the former finally winning the match 11-9, 11-13, 11-9.Earlier in the day, the first match saw men’s doubles action with V Shem Goh and Markis Kido of Warriors beat the pair of Akshay Dewalkar and Vladimir Ivanov of Acers 11-14, 11-4 to start on a positive note.
In the mixed doubles encounter, Warriors pair of Bodin Issara and Savitree Amitrapai beat Jwala Gutta and Vladimir Ivanov of Acers 12-10, 11-5 to stretch the lead to 5-0.
In the final match of the tie, Son Wan Ho of Acers made took on Vincent Wong Wing Ki of Awadhe Warriors. It was a last chance for the Acers to salvage some pride out of the tie and reduce some damage as it was their trump match. But Wing Ki had other plans and he beat Son Wan 11-8, 11-6 to complete the rout.
Awadhe Warriors bt Delhi Acers 6-1 (-1) (Saina Nehwal bt Nitchaon Jindapol 14-12, 11-7; K Srikanth bt Jan O Jorgensen 11-9, 11-13, 11-9; Vincent Wong Wing Ki bt Son Wan Ho 11-8, 11-6; Bodin Issara/Savitree Amitrapai bt Vladimir Ivanov/Jwala Gutta 12-10, 11-5; Markis Kido/V Shem Goh bt Vladimir Ivanov/Akshay Dewalkar 11-14, 11-4)