PBL Highlights: Pune Aces defeat Mumbai Rockets

In the double-header clashes, Pune 7 Aces defeated Mumbai Rockets 4-3 while Saina Nehwal led North Eastern Warriors beat Delhi Dashers 3-0.

Carolina Marin isn't playing for Pune 7 Aces against Mumbai Rockets.   -  VIVEK BENDRE

Key highlights of Saturday's PBL matches between Pune 7 Aces and Mumbai Rockets and North Eastern Warriors and Delhi Dashers.

Highlights:

In the mixed doubles, Delhi Dashers pulled off a consolation win, as M. Jongjit and E. Kosetskaya defeated the duo of L.M. Chun and K.H. Na 15-12, 7-15, 14-15.

Tian Houwei beats Delhi Dashers' H. S. Prannoy 12-15 15-7 15-14 and helps North Eastern Warriors take a 4 - (-1) lead in the tie.

15-14 Prannoy makes an untimely forehand unforced error and concedes the match.

14-14 Prannoy's backhand is marginally wide to force a decider point.

13-14 Prannoy forces a backhand error of Houwei, who catches the net with his forehand.

13-13 A backhand unforced error from Houwei to let Prannoy attain parity.

13-12 This time, Houwei's jump smash is wide.

13-11 Prannoy goes for broke and drags his cross court forehand wide.

12-11 Houwei with an overhead smash that goes over the baseline.

12-10 Prannoy goes for a jump smash down the line but drags it wide.

11-10 Great defence from Houwei to redirect a Prannoy smash and win the point.

10-10 Houwei's cross court forehand is well wide. He went for the review and was unsuccessful.

10-9 Houwei's forehand is long. Great defence from Prannoy to stay in the point and come away with a point!

10-8 Prannoy with a forehand unforced error.

9-8 Houwei's forehand is over the baseline.

9-7 Great defence from Houwei, who wins the point with a backhand that Prannoy fails to get his racquet to.

8-7 A jump smash down the line from Prannoy.

8-6 Prannoy with a jump smash at Houwei's body.

8-5 Prannoy with a backhand unforced error to go into the mid-game break trailing by three points.

6-4 Prannoy with a forehand unforced error.

5-4 Great court coverage and defence from Houwei to snatch a point that Prannoy completely dominated and lost with a forehand unforced error!

3-4 Prannoy forces a backhand error off Houwei with a body smash.

3-3 Houwei's jump smash is wide.

3-2 An unforced error from Houwei.

3-1 Prannoy with a forehand unforced error to conceded Houwei a two-point lead.

Third game.

15-7 An unforced error from Prannoy levels the match 1-1, sending it into a decider.

14-7 A forehand cross court winner from Prannoy.

14-6 Prannoy's forehand is long.

13-6 An unforced error from Prannoy.

12-6 Prannoy's overhead smash catches the net.

11-5 A 361 kmph jump smash down the line from Prannoy.

11-4 Houwei drags his forehand wide.

11-3 A backhand body smash from Houwei.

10-3 Houwei's smash is over the baseline.

10-2 A forehand winner from Houwei.

9-2 A cross court forehand winner from Houwei.

8-2 Houwei takes a six-point lead into the mid-game break in the second.

5-2 A headstart for Houwei.

Second game.

 

12-15 Prannoy takes the first game with a backhand unforced error from Houwei.

12-14 A forehand unforced error from Houwei.

12-13 Fortuitous! Prannoy's drop shot drops off the top of the net. Houwei anticipates and tries to return but he can only catch the net.

12-12 Houwei forces a backhand error off Prannoy, who can't get enough power to get the shuttle over the net.

11-12 Houwei's lob is marginally over the baseline.

11-11 Prannoy seals the point with a jump smash down the line.

11-9 A backhand winner from Houwei at the net.

10-9 A smash down the line from Houwei to win the point after a 29-shot rally.

9-9 Prannoy's backhand is well wide.

8-9 A backhand unforced error from Houwei.

8-8 Another drop shot from Houwei, this time with his forehand, catching Prannoy short.

7-8 A delicate drop shot from Houwei, well-disguised, too!

6-8 A backhand unforced error from Houwei, to send Prannoy into the mid-game break in the first with a two-point lead.

6-7 A service fault from Houwei.

5-6 Prannoy shows good judgment to win a point. Houwei's forehand is marginally over the baseline.

5-5 A backhand winner from Prannoy.

5-4 Houwei smashes the net.

5-3 Prannoy wins the point after an unsuccessful review from Houwei.

4-2 A jump smash down the line from the left-handed Houwei.

3-2 Houwei's smash is just over the baseline.

3-1 Prannoy goes for a forehand smash down the line but drags it marginally wide.

2-1 Houwei with a forehand cross court winner, leaving Prannoy no chance.

1-1 Prannoy with a delicate, well-disguised drop shot to level the score.

1-0 Prannoy with an unforced error.

Next up is the men's singles match between Tian Houwei of North Eastern Warriors and Delhi Dashers' captain, H. S. Prannoy.

North Eastern Warriors' Tanongsak beats Delhi Dashers' Tommy Sugiarto 15-5 15-12. North Eastern Warriors leads Delhi Dashers 3 - (-1) in the tie.

15-12 Tanongsak clinches the match with a winner.

 

14-12 Tanongsak goes for a drop with his backhand but catches the net.

14-11 A jump smash from Tanongsak catches the net.

14-10 Sugiarto forces an error off Tanongsak.

14-9 Match point for Tanongsak.

13-9 Unbelievable! Tanongsak's dogged defence at the net wins him the point having been on the backfoot for much of it.

12-9 Sugiarto goes for broke with a jump smash and catches the net.

11-9 A jump smash down the line from Sugiarto to finish off a 41-shot rally, by far the best of the match!

11-8 A forehand unforced error from Tanongsak.

11-7 A forehand smash down the line from Sugiarto.

11-6 Sugiarto with a forehand error. Tanongsak has been connecting his smashes at breakneck speed and Sugiarto hasn't, time and again, had an answer.

10-6 A body smash from Sugiarto.

10-5 A forehand cross court winner from Tanongsak.

9-5 Another well-disguised drop shot from Tanongsak, catches Sugiarto short.

8-5 Sugiarto's attempted drop is shot is wide.

7-5 A body smash from Tanongsak and Sugiarto doesn't have an answer.

6-5 A delicate drop shot from Tanongsak and Sugiarto is unable to return.

5-5 A backhand unforced error from Tanongsak and the crowd is egging Sugiarto on.

5-4 A jump smash down the line from Sugiarto.

5-2 A backhand unforced error from Sugiarto.

4-2 A service fault from Sugiarto.

3-2 Tanongsak's jump smash catches the net.

3-1 A backhand winner from Tanongsak.

2-1 Sugiarto forces a backhand error off Tanongsak.

2-0 Another forehand winner from Tanongsak.

1-0 A successful review from Tanongsak to get off the mark in the second game.

Second game.

15-5 A backhand unforced error from Sugiarto to hand Tanongsak the first game.

14-5 A cross court forehand winner from Tanongsak, who earns himself a game point.

13-5 Another of those thumping jump smashes down the line from Tanongsak.

12-5 A rare error from Tanongsak. He goes for the backhanded drop, but his shot is wide.

12-3 A forehand winner down the line from Tanongsak.

11-3 A backhand error from Sugiarto.

10-3 Tanongsak retrieves a jump smash from Sugiarto and redirects it down the line for a backhand winner.

9-3 Another cross court smash from Tanongsak. Sugiarto doesn't have an answer to Tanongsak's power game at the moment.

8-3 A jump smash cross court winner from Tanongsak, who has been imperious.

7-3 Another thumping forehand from Tanongsak on Sugiarto's backhand; Sugiarto drags his backhand wide.

 

6-3 A forehand winner from Tanongsak.

5-3 Tanongsak with a backhand winner. Sugiarto went for the delicate drop but Tanongsak pounced at the net to clinch the point.

4-3 A body smash from Sugiarto.

4-2 A forehand cross court winner from Tanongsak (North Eastern Warriors).

3-2 A forehand unforced error from Sugiarto.

2-1 A forehand error (forced) from Sugiarto.

1-0 Tommy Sugiarto (Delhi Dashers) with a jump smash to open the scoring. This is Delhi Dashers' Trump Match.

Next up is North Eastern Warriors' Tanongsak against Delhi Dashers' Tommy Sugiarto.

 

North Eastern Warriors' Liao Min Chun/Yoo Yeon Seong beat Delhi Dashers' Chai Biao/Wang Sijie 15-9 15-6 and give the team a 2-0 lead in the tie.

15-6 Liao finishes off the match with a forehand winner, dropping inside the baseline.

14-6 Chai Biao with a forehand winner.

13-5 Wang Sijie (Delhi Dashers) smashes the net in going for a winner.

12-5 Another forehand winner from Yoo, intercepting Delhi Dashers' return.

11-5 Yoo with a forehand winner to extend North Eastern Warriors' lead.

8-5 Wang Sijie goes for a spectacular return from the back of the court, but he catches the net.

6-4 Wang Sijie cleverly plays the drop shot with both the North Eastern Warriors players camped at the back of the court.

6-3 Yoo with a overhead smash to clinch the point.

5-2 Chai Biao with a forehand unforced error.

4-2 Wang Sijie with a backhand unforced error.

3-2 Liao (North Eastern Warriors) with a delicate drop to clinch the point.

2-2 Wang Sijie with a backhand winner down the net. Good net play from Delhi Dashers!

1-1 Wang Sijie produces a backhand winner.

1-0 Chai Biao (Delhi Dashers) can't get enough power on his backhand to return a jump smash.

Second game.

9-15 Chai Biao with a backhand unforced error to hand North Eastern Warriors the first game.

9-13 This time, Wang Sijie hits a forehand winner, the shuttle dropping just inside the baseline.

8-13 Wang Sijie with a forehand unforced error, smashes the net.

8-11 Chai Biao produces a smash down the line winner. He gets the point for Delhi Dashers on review.

7-11 A backhand unforced error from North Eastern Warriors.

7-10 Yoo goes for the jump smash down the line but catches the net.

6-10 A backhand error from Wang Sijie (Delhi Dashers).

6-8 Chai Biao with a forehand error.

6-7 A backhand error (forced) from Liao (North Eastern Warriors).

4-5 Yoo produces a forehand smash down the line.

 

3-3 Service fault from North Eastern Warriors.

2-3 A backhand unforced error from Wang Sijie (Delhi Dashers).

2-2 A forehand smash down the line from Chai Biao.

2-1 Chai Biao's (Delhi Dashers) backhand is long.

Next up is the men's doubles match between North Eastern Warriors' Liao Min Chun/Yoo Yeon Seong and Delhi Dashers' Chai Biao/Wang Sijie.

North Eastern Warriors' Rituparna Das beats Delhi Dashers' Evgeniya Kosetskaya 15-13 15-9. North Eastern Warriors leads the tie 1-0.

15-9 A forehand unforced error from Evgeniya hands Das the game and match.

14-9 A backhand winner from Evgeniya.

13-8 A forehand smash down the line from Das. Lovely setup before the winner!

12-8 Rituparna's forehand is long, over the baseline. That was her seventh forehand unforced error.

11-7 A forehand unforced error from Das.

9-6 Evgeniya smashes the net with her forehand around the back of the head.

8-6 A backhand unforced error from Evgeniya to conceded a two-point lead to Das at the mid-game break.

6-6 Body smash from Evgeniya, too quick for Das.

6-5 Evgeniya drags her backhand marginally wide.

5-4 Evgeniya benefits from a forehand unforced error from Das.

5-3 A forehand smash down the line from Evgeniya.

4-2 Das's overhead smash is marginally long, over the baseline.

3-1 A forehand smash down the line from Das, pouncing on a meek backhand from Evgeniya.

 

2-0 Evgeniya does well to return Das's smash, but her backhand is marginally long.

1-0 Evgeniya with a forehand unforced error.

Das to serve.

Second game.

15-13 Das takes the first game with forehand winner. This has been some comeback from her. Down 5-8 at the mid-game break, she wins the first game by two points!

14-12 Das with a forehand winner around the back of the head, leaves Evgeniya helpless.

13-12 Das' forehand cross court is marginally wide of the sideline.

13-11 Evgeniya catches the net with her forehand.

12-10 A delicate drop from Evgeniya!

12-9 Another unforced error from Evgeniya, but Das shows good judgment to claim the point.

10-9 Evgeniya misses her backhand, rather inexplicably. Das' return was meek and Evgeniya wasn't under pressure.

9-9 Das's backhand is marginally wide of the sideline.

9-8 A forehand unforced error from Evgeniya.

8-8 A forehand smash down the line from Das. Good comeback from the Indian!

7-8 Another unforced error from Evgeniya.

6-8 A backhand unforced error from Evgeniya.

5-8 A backhand unforced error from Das, who has lost five points in a row going into the mid-game break in the first.

5-5 Das throws away a two-point lead with back to back unforced error. She smashes her forehand into the net to allow Evgeniya parity.

5-3 Evgeniya produces a forehand winner after dominating the point. A small lead for her in the first game.

4-3 A forehand unforced error from Evgeniya.

3-3 An unforced error from Das this time.

3-2 Das's lob drops on the baseline; misjudgment from Evgeniya.

2-2 Das with a smash down the line to level the score.

1-2 Evgeniya with a delicate drop to catch Das short.

1-1 Das with a forehand smash down the line.

0-1 Evgeniya opens the scoring with a backhand winner.

Rituparna Das to serve.

First up will be the women's singles match between Rituparna Das (North Eastern Warriors) and Evgeniya Kosetskaya (Delhi Dashers).

 

Next up is the Saina Nehwal-led North Eastern Warriors against H. S. Prannoy-led Delhi Dashers.

 

Pune 7 Aces' Vladimir Ivanov/Line Kjaersfeldt beat Mumbai Rockets' Pia Zebadiah/Kim Gi Jung 15-13 11-15 15-12 and Pune 7 Aces wins the tie 4-3.

12-15 Zebadiah smashes the net and Pune 7 Aces takes the tie 4-3.

12-14 A match point for Pune 7 Aces.

12-13 A winner from Ivanov.

 

12-12 Kim and Zebadiah find themselves in a tangle and Kim's return is weak.

12-11 Kim Gi Jung produces a winner.

10-10 Line locates a spot inside the sideline with her forehand cross court.

10-9 A forehand cross court winner from Ivanov. One of many from him in this game!

9-8 An ace from Kim Gi Jung. Poor judgment from Line to not play it.

8-8 Line's backhand lob is long, over the baseline.

6-8 Indecision between Kim and Zebadiah, and they don't return Ivanov's forehand. Pune 7 Aces takes a two-point lead into the mid-game break in the third.

6-7 A forehand error from Kim Gi Jung, smashes the net.

6-5 Zebadiah with a forehand winner down the line for Mumbai Rockets.

4-5 A service fault from Kim Gi Jung, who can't believe he has struck the net with his serve.

4-4 A backhand error from Line. Three points in a row for Mumbai Rockets!

3-4 Kim Gi Jung with a body smash at Ivanov, who is unable to return.

2-4 Great racquet work from Zebadiah to turn a Ivanov smash into a winner with a backhand cross court.

1-4 Kim Gi Jung's forehand is fractionally wide of the sideline.

1-3 Misjudgment from Zebadiah. The shuttle catches the baseline flush.

1-2 A forehand winner from Ivanov. Nonchalantly done, finding the open court.

1-0 A forehand error from Pune 7 Aces.

Zebadiah (Mumbai Rockets) to serve.

Third game.

11-15 A forehand error from Ivanov and we go into a deciding third game, to know the winner of the tie.

11-14 A forehand down the line winner from Kim Gi Jung.

11-13 Zebadiah comes up with the winner after great defence from Line initially.

11-12 Zebadiah's overhead smash is wide of the sideline.

10-12 A forehand winner from Ivanov.

9-12 Ivanov produces a winner to keep Pune 7 Aces in the game.

8-12 Zebadiah produces a backhand winner to extend Mumbai Rockets' lead.

8-11 Another service fault from Pune 7 Aces.

8-10 A fierce smash from Ivanov. Zebadiah is unable to return.

7-9 Ivanov forces an error off Zebadiah this time. Again, with a fierce forehand smash down the line.

5-9 Ivanov forces an error off Kim Gi Jung with a forehand down the line. Kim finds the net on his return.

4-8 A forehand unforced error from Line.

4-7 A forehand cross court winner from Ivanov, picking out the open court.

3-7 A service fault from Pia Zebadiah (Mumbai Rockets).

2-6 A body smash at Line, who drags her backhand wide.

2-5 Kim Gi Jung with a forehand smash down the line to give Mumbai Rockets a three-point lead.

2-3 Another forehand error from Ivanov, who seemed to be hurried into the shot.

2-2 A forehand error from Ivanov.

1-1 A backhand unforced error from Ivanov.

1-0 Line with an overhead smash to seal the point for Pune 7 Aces.

Second game.

15-13 A backhand cross court from Ivanov seals the first game for Pune 7 Aces.

14-13 Zebadiah with a backhand unforced error at a critical time of the first game.

13-12 Ivanov with a backhand winner on his return of Zebadiah's serve.

12-12 Line with a backhand unforced error to level the score.

12-10 Ivanov's forehand drops inside the baseline.

10-9 Another of those big down the line smash from Ivanov.

9-9 Zebadiah's forehand catches the top of the net and drops short of an outstretched Ivanov.

8-9 Ivanov with a body smash at Zebadiah to give Pune 7 Aces a one-point lead.

8-7 Line with a delicate drop to reduce Mumbai's lead.

 

8-6 Mumbai Rockets (Kim Gi Jung/Line Kjaersfeldt) takes a two-point lead into the mid-game break in the first.

7-6 A jump smash down the line from Ivanov.

7-5 Zebadiah involved again and this time she unleashes a forehand smash, deceiving Ivanov!

6-5 This time, Zebadiah catches the net with her forehand.

6-4 Pia Zebadiah with a forehand winner down the line for Mumbai Rockets.

5-4 A backhand unforced error from Ivanov.

3-4 Ivanov forces an error off Kim Gi Jung with a fierce jump smash. Kim's backhand goes well wide.

2-3 Ivanov catches the net with his backhand.

1-3 Vladimir Ivanov with a jump smash down the line.

0-1 Kim Gi Jung catches the net with his jump smash. Pune 7 Aces opens the scoring.

Next up is the mixed doubles match between Pune 7 Aces' Vladimir Ivanov/Line Kjaersfeldt and Mumbai Rockets' Kim Gi Jung/Pia Zebadia.

Mumbai Rockets' Sameer Verma beats Pune 7 Aces' Harsheel Dani 15-7 15-10. The tie is now 3-3.

10-15 Verma finishes off the game with a jump smash. Dani had given up before Verma delivered the finishing touch!

10-13 A delicate drop from Verma with Dani camped deep in his court.

10-12 A forehand unforced error from Verma.

 

9-12 Dani goes for a forehand cross court winner, but smashes the net.

9-9 A forehand smash down the line from Dani. A seesaw battle, this one!

8-9 A forehand unforced error from Dani.

8-8 Dani's misjudgment awards Verma an easy point. Verma catches the baseline flush!

8-7 Dani takes a one-point lead into the mid-game break with a jump smash that Verma can't return.

 

7-7 A delicate drop from Verma. Dani, deep in his court, can only watch.

7-6 A forehand smash down the line from Verma.

7-5 Another unforced error from Verma.

6-5 Verma's lob is long, over the baseline.

5-5 A backhand error from Dani.

3-3 Another forehand unforced error, his ninth of the match, from Dani.

3-2 Dani's smash is marginally over the baseline.

3-1 A forehand unforced error from Dani, drags his shot wide.

3-0 Dani has come out of the blocks quickly with three consecutive points.

Second game.

15-7 Verma seals the game with a forehand smash. This has been easy for him. A win for Mumbai Rockets will level the tie 3-3.

14-7 Dani smashes the net with his forehand.

13-7 A forehand cross court winner from Dani.

13-5 A forehand unforced error from Dani, but initially, Verma's defence was exceptional!

12-4 A jump smash down the line from Verma, who's having it easy this game.

11-4 A forehand unforced error from Dani.

9-4 Dani's jump smash is marginally long, over the baseline. Verma moved out of the line to win the point.

8-4 Another forehand unforced error from Dani. Verma's attacking ploy is paying dividends early on.

7-4 An unforced error from Dani.

4-4 Fortuitous! Dani gets the point after the shuttle landed in Verma's court off the top of the net.

4-3 Dani goes for a drop once again but drags his shot marginally wide this time.

3-3 A delicate backhand drop from Dani and Verma can't get his racquet to it.

3-2 Dani's forehand smash is marginally long over the baseline.

2-2 A backhand winner from Dani.

1-1 A forehand down the line winner from Dani.

1-0 An unforced error from Dani, who reviews the umpires' call but is unsuccessful.

Next up, Mumbai Rockets' Sameer Verma takes on Pune 7 Aces' Harsheel Dani.

Mumbai Rockets' Anders Antonsen beats Pune 7 Aces' Lakshya Sen 15-13 7-15 15-6. Mumbai Rockets wins its Trump Match to make the tie 3-2.

15-6 A backhand unforced error from Lakshya Sen.

14-6 A forehand unforced error from Lakshya Sen.

13-6 A jump smash from Antonsen gives Lakshya Sen no chance of getting his racquet anywhere near. It was the Dane's 12th forehand winner of the match.

12-6 A backhand error from Antonsen. Lakshya Sen did well to withstand the initial pressure from Antonsen.

12-5 Another body smash from Antonsen, who has surged ahead with an attacking display in the third game.

11-5 A forehand smash down the line from Antonsen. It was 387 kmph!

10-5 Lakshya Sen catches the net on his backhand return.

9-5 A backhand unforced error from Antonsen.

9-4 A forehand unforced error from Antonsen.

9-3 A body smash from Antonsen proves too quick for Lakshya Sen. It was the 11th forehand winner from Antonsen.

8-3 Lakshya Sen catches the net with his backhand, trying to return a drop from Antonsen. Antonsen has gathered momentum early in the decisive third game.

7-3 A forehand smash down the line from Lakshya Sen. Antonsen can't return.

7-2 Another backhand unforced error from Lakshya Sen.

6-2 A backhand error from Lakshya Sen, who is feeling the pressure being put on him by Antonsen.

5-2 Lakshya Sen goes for an extravagant jump smash winner. But he drags his shot wide this time.

3-2 A body smash from Lakshya Sen.

3-1 A backhand unforced error from Lakshya Sen.

2-1 Lakshya Sen with a forehand winner to get off the mark in the third game.

2-0 Antonsen with back to back points to start the decisive third game.

Third game.

15-7 Lakshya Sen seals the second game with a forehand winner. Antonsen once again anticipates the shuttle to drop out but it drops well inside.

14-7 A backhand error from Antonsen, catches the net on his return.

13-7 A backhand unforced error from Lakshya Sen, who should be able to close out this game from here!

13-6 An unforced error from Lakshya Sen.

13-5 Another forehand unforced error from Antonsen, whose jump smashes are proving to be his undoing.

11-5 Great judgment from Lakshya Sen! Antonsen's forehand is long, over the baseline.

10-5 A forehand unforced error from Antonsen. Great defence from Lakshya Sen initially, must be said!

 

9-5 Lakshya Sen's forehand is wide.

9-4 Lakshya Sen forces a backhand error off Antonsen with a jump smash!

8-4 Another forehand winner from Lakshya Sen and he takes a healthy lead into the mid-game break in the second.

7-4 A forehand winner from Lakshya Sen. Imperious!

6-4 Lakshya Sen's forehand lob is inside the baseline, misjudgment from Antonsen.

5-4 A forehand unforced error from Antonsen, who went for the delicate drop but catches the net.

4-4 An unforced error from Antonsen.

3-4 Lakshya Sen's forehand is wide and Antonsen watches the shuttle sail wide.

3-3 A forehand winner from Antonsen, who is putting pressure on Lakshya Sen's return with his jump smashes.

 

3-2 Another unforced error from Antonsen. His backhand catches the net.

2-2 Antonsen catches the net with his forehand. He went for the cross court winner, but dragged his shot downwards.

1-2 A backhand winner from Antonsen after drawing Lakshya Sen to the net.

1-1 A jump smash from Antonsen proves too powerful from Lakshya Sen. 

SECOND GAME.

15-13 A service fault from Lakshya Sen hands Antonsen the first game in what is Mumbai Rockets' Trump Match.

14-13 A forehand winner from Lakshya Sen.

14-12 Lakshya Sen forces a backhand error off Antonsen with a jump smash.

14-11 Antonsen with a forehand unforced error, smashes the net in going for the winner.

14-10 Lakshya Sen can't return Antonsen's fierce smash (315 kmph).

13-10 Another forehand unforced error from Lakshya Sen. Maybe a bit of rush of blood and Antonsen is benefiting big time.

12-10 Lakshya Sen's forehand is marginally long, over the baseline. He reviews the 'out' call but his review is unsuccessful.

11-10 An unforced error from Lakshya Sen, catches the net in going for the winner.

10-10 An unforced error from Lakshya Sen. Antonsen made the shot difficult for the Indian by directing it over Lakshya Sen's left shoulder.

8-10 Lakshya Sen's fierce jump smash (385 kmph) forces a backhand error off Antonsen, who catches the net on his return.

8-9 Antonsen responds with a forehand smash down the line to reduce the gap to one point.

7-9 A forehand smash down the line from Lakshya Sen.

7-8 A backhand unforced error from Lakshya Sen.

6-8 An unforced error from Antonsen hands Lakshya Sen a two-point lead at the mid-game break in the first.

6-7 Antonsen produces a backhand winner. He lobs the shuttle over Lakshya Sen after drawing him to the net.

5-7 A forehand winner from Antonsen. A well-worked point!

4-6 A replay of the last point. Antonsen expects the shuttle to drop out, but it is will inside the baseline again.

4-5 Lakshya Sen's forehand drops inside the baseline. Misjudgment from Antonsen to not play it.

4-4 Lakshya Sen induces a forehand error off Antonsen with a fierce jump smash; he had dominated the point and won it after a long rally.

4-3 Antonsen produces a forehand winner this time.

3-3 Antonsen's cross court forehand is marginally wide of the sideline.

3-2 Lakshya Sen's lob is wide. Antonsen shows good judgment to not play it.

2-1 This time, Antonsen makes an unforced error. Lakshya Sen gets on board.

2-0 A backhand unforced error from Lakshya Sen.

This is a Trump Match for Mumbai Rockets.

Next up is the men's singles match between Pune 7 Aces' Lakshya Sen and Mumbai Rockets' Anders Antonsen.

 

Pune 7 Aces' Ivanov/Chirag Shetty beat Mumbai Rockets' Lee Yong Dae/Kim Gi Jung 15-14 15-7 and give the team a 3-0 lead in the tie.

15-7 Ivanov and Chirag Shetty celebrate in style after an unforced error from Mumbai Rockets hands them a comprehensive win in straight games.

13-7 Kim Gi Jung's smash is long. Another easy point for Pune 7 Aces, which is enjoying playing in front of its home crowd.

12-6 A replay of the last point. This time, Lee Yong Dae smashes the net with his backhand.

11-6 Kim Gi Jung smashes the net with his forehand.

10-6 Ivanov induces an error off Mumbai Rockets with a rocket of a smash!

9-5 A body smash at Lee Yong Dae from Chirag Shetty. Lee couldn't return: he only had a reaction time of 0.27sec.

 

8-5 Pune 7 Aces takes a three-point lead into the mid-game break in the second. Ivanov and Chirag have complemented each other really well. Lee Yong Dae and Kim Gi Jung have tended to commit unforced errors, rather uncharacteristically!

6-5 A backhand winner from Chirag, who has some admirers in the crowd! One banner reads "Chirag plays only Good Minton!"

4-4 A fierce forehand smash from Chirag proves too powerful for Lee Yong Dae, whose attempted return is wide.

3-4 Kim Gi Jung forces a backhand error off Ivanov.

3-3 Chirag's forehand is wide.

1-2 Another unforced error from Pune 7 Aces.

1-1 This time, Chirag forces an error of Lee Yong Dae, with his backhand.

0-1 Chirag Shetty sends his backhand well wide.

Second game.

14-15 Pune 7 Aces takes the first game with a forehand error from Mumbai Rockets.

14-14 A cross court forehand winner from Mumbai Rockets to level the score and force a decider point!

13-14 An unforced error from Mumbai Rockets, while Ivanov showed great judgment to not play the shuttle that was heading wide comfortably.

13-13 Fortuitous! Kim Gi Jung comes up with a winner, the shuttle drops in the Pune 7 Aces' court off the top of the net.

11-13 Uncharacteristic! Lee Yong Dae's serve is straight at the net.

11-12 Lee Yong Dae with a body smash at Chirag Shetty, who can't return.

 

10-11 A forehand winner from Chirag Shetty. Two points in a row for Pune 7 Aces. And the two teams have hit four forehand winners so far.

10-9 Ivanov with a forehand unforced error. He was deceived by the shuttle coming off the top of the net.

9-9 A service fault from Lee Yong Dae.

9-8 Ivanov's backhand catches the net.

8-8 A service fault from Chirag Shetty.

7-8 Pune 7 Aces' pair of Ivanov/Chirag Shetty takes a one-point lead into the mid-game break in the first following a backhand unforced error from Kim Gi Jung.

7-7 Ivanov's backhand is long, over the baseline.

6-6 Ivanov with a forehand winner down the line.

6-5 Lee Yong Dae with a jump smash down the line. Chirag Shetty can't return on his backhand.

4-4 Kim Gi Jung's forehand is wide.

3-3 Vladimir Ivanov forces a backhand error with a 356 kmph jump smash.

3-2 A jump smash down the line from Lee Yong Dae.

1-1 Chirag Shetty forces an error with a body smash to win the point after a 24-shot rally.

1-0 An ace first up.

Mumbai Rockets' Kim Gi Jung to serve.

 

Next up is the men's doubles match between Pune 7 Aces' Vladimir Ivanov/Chirag Shetty and Mumbai Rockets' Lee Yong Dae/Kim Gi Jung.

In the women's singles match, Suryanshi Pardeshi of Mumbai Rockets went down 11-15 7-15 to Line Kajersfeldt. It was a Trump Match for Pune 7 Rockets, giving it a 2-0 lead in the tie.

 

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Yesterday, Ahmedabad Smash Masters beat Bengaluru Raptors before Awadhe Warriors stunned P. V. Sindhu's Hyderabad Hunters.