PBL: Awadhe Warriors edges out Pune 7 Aces in a thriller

Carolina Marin and Lakshya Sen won their singles matches against Awadhe Warriors, but is was not enough for Pune 7 Aces.

Carolina Marin in action against P. V. Sindhu on the first day of the season.   -  Ritu Raj Konwar

Good evening, welcome to Sportstar's live coverage of today's Premier Badminton League (PBL) match between the Mathias Boe-led Pune 7 Aces and M. R. Arjun-led Awadhe Warriors.

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Vladimir Ivanov/Line Hojmark Kjaersfeldt vs Mathias Christiansen/Ashwini Ponnappa

Third Game

 

12-15 Ivanov misjudges the trajectory of Christiansen's shot and its the match for Christiansen/Ponnappa and Awadhe. Pune succumbs to a second defeat 3-4 to Awadhe Warriors.

11-13 Kjaersfeldt's shot drops into Awadhe's court and Ponnappa is unable to reach it.

10-12 Ponnappa was going for a shot, when her partner calls to let it go.

8-11 Christiansen draws a defensive shot from Ivanov and then leaps into the air to finish with a smash.

7-10 Ivanov misreads Christiansen's smash from the left corner of the court.

 

6-8 An unforced error by Christiansen gives the visiting side a lead at the short break.

6-6 A rally of 37 shots results in Awadhe winning through Christiansen's well-placed shot in the centre.

6-4 Kjaersfeldt executes a deceptive shot and the shuttle just sails over Ponnappa, with the Indian standing rooted in her place.

3-3 It has been an even contest in the third game so far. Christiansen changes the direction of his shot at the last second to level things.

1-1 Ponnappa manages to return Ivanov's smash, but Kjaersfeldt sends another smash and Ponnappa is unable to defend it.

Second Game

 

15-11 Ivanov makes it 1-1 in the match with a smash to the left.

14-10 Christiansen is furious at himself as his errors puts Pune on the brink of the second game.

13-9 Ivanov's shot is misread by Ponnappa as she hits over the line.

10-8 Kjaersfeldt comes out winner of a 20-shot rally. The Pune has come strongly in the second game.

8-8 Christiansen angles his smash very low for Ivanov to pick it up.

8-7 Pune takes the lead for the first time in the game before the short break.

6-6 Ivanov hits a powerful shot to earn a point after making Christiansen run backwards.

3-5 Kjaersfeldt wins the rally between her and Ponnappa. Pune is not very far away from drawing level.

 

1-3 Christiansen/ Ponnappa take an early lead with Ivanov's defence letting him down on each occasion.

First Game

 

15-8 Mathias Christiansen/Ashwini Ponnappa win the first game.

14-8 Ponnappa dives to her left but is unable to send the shuttle over the net.

12-7 Ivanov places his shot near the baseline, exploiting the space left by Christiansen at the back.

10-6 Despite conceding a lead, Kjaersfeldt manages to force an error from Christiansen to get a point.

8-5 Ivanov is unable to get under Christiansen's powerful smash across the court. Awadhe goes into the break with a slender lead.

 

4-2 Kjaersfeldt's is unable to clear the net with her smash and Awadhe takes a lead.

1-1 Ivanov's service fault gives away a point for Awadhe after Ponnappa hits over the line.

Lakshya Sen of Pune 7 Aces beats Awadhe Warriors' Lee Dong Keun 15-11 15-8 to level the tie 3-3. The mixed doubles match will decide the tie.

15-8 A ferocious forehand from Lakshya Sen goes unreturned and helps Pune 7 Aces level the tie 3-3.

14-8 An unforced error from Lakshya Sen.

12-7 Make that two in two! Lee hanging in her, but Lakshya Sen's forehands are too good!

11-7 A forehand winner from Lakshya Sen.

 

10-7 Lakshya Sen's forehand is long. The error came after 38 shots in the rally.

10-6 Lakshya Sen forces an error off Lee with a powerful forehand smash which Lee doesn't return.

9-6 Lakshya Sen gains a point with Lee's forehand error.

8-6 Lakshya Sen takes a two-point lead into the mid-game break in the second.

6-6 Lakshya Sen's backhand is wide. Lee's powerful smash gets the job done.

6-5 A delicate drop from Lakshya Sen and Lee cannot retrieving the dropping shuttle.

5-5 Lakshya Sen comes up with a forehand winner.

4-2 A brutal forehand from Lakshya Sen locates the open court and Lee doesn't have an answer.

3-2 A forehand winner from Lakshya Sen.

2-2 A backhand unforced error from Lakshya Sen catches the net.

2-1 An unforced error from Lakshya Sen.

2-0 A forehand winner from Lakshya Sen. Finds the open court to the left of Lee Dong Keun.

1-0 A nonchalant backhand winner from Lakshya Sen.

Second game.

15-11 Lakshya Sen takes the first game.

14-11 A forehand winner from Lee.

 

14-10 A backhand unforced error from Lakshya Sen.

13-9 A smash at the body of Lee from Lakshya Sen. The reaction time was 0.38 secs and there's no answer.

12-9 Lakshya Sen's forehand is long.

12-7 Lakshya Sen with a forehand unforced error. He goes for too much power on his smash and catches the net.

12-6 A forehand unforced error from Lee.

11-6 Great defence from Lee but in going for the winner, drags his forehand wide.

10-5 Lakshya Sen smashes the net with his forehand. Goes for too much power and doesn't get the shuttle over the net.

10-4 A forehand unforced error from Lakshya Sen. He dragged his forehand well wide.

10-3 A forehand winner from Lakshya Sen.

9-3 Imperious from Lakshya Sen! He moves Lee all over the court and then with a powerful forehand smash wins the point.

8-3 Identical to last point and Lakshya Sen takes a five-point lead into the mid-game break in the first.

7-3 A powerful forehand to the backhand of Lee, who cannot return.

6-3 A forehand unforced error from Lakshya Sen.

5-2 Identical to the last point but this time Lee makes an unforced error, sending his forehand wide.

4-2 Lakshya Sen's forehand is wide this time.

4-1 Lakshya Sen's forehand is long and Lee gets on board.

4-0 Lee with an unforced error.

3-0 Lakshya Sen with a forehand winner.

2-0 Lee once again finding himself deep in the court and Lakshya Sen wins an easy point with a drop.

1-0 Lakshya Sen with a delicate drop with Lee too deep in his court.

Next up is the men's singles between Lakshya Sen of Pune 7 Aces and Lee Dong Keun of Awadhe Warriors.

Carolina Marin of Pune 7 Aces beats Beiwen Zhang of Awadhe Warriors 15-13 15-9. The tie, as it stands: Pune 7 Aces 2-3 Awadhe Warriors

 

15-9 Marin wins Pune 7 Aces' Trump Match against Beiwen Zhang 15-13 15-9.

14-9 Marin with a forehand winner.

13-9 Zhang comes up with a powerful forehand and Marin can't return with her forehand. Zhang's forehand was 276 kmph!

13-8 Marin moves Zhang all over the court ad wins the point with a ferocious forehand.

12-8 A backhand winner from Marin.

11-7 Marin with a forehand unforced error.

11-6 A backhand unforced error from Marin, who catches the net.

11-5 Marin comes up with a forehand winner.

10-5 Another unforced error from Marin.

10-4 Zhang unleashes a powerful forehand and Marin can't return.

10-3 Marin's backhand goes long, well over the baseline.

8-1 Marin is dominating this game and match now! Zhang has no answers.

7-1 An unforced error from Zhang, who catches the net with her backhand.

5-1 Marin now running away with the match. Her backhand is too powerful for Zhang to return.

2-1 This time Marin makes the unforced error.

 

2-0 Marin wins back to back points off unforced errors from Zhang.

Second game.

15-13 An unforced error from Zhang hands Marin the first game.

14-13 Another forehand winner from Zhang. Marin expects the shuttle to go wide but it drops on the sideline.

14-12 Zhang with a forehand winner to stay alive.

14-11 Marin's forehand is too powerful for Zhang to return. She doesn't get enough power on her forehand to get the shuttle over the net.

13-11 Zhang drags her forehand wide.

12-11 Zhang is fighting. A 287 kmph smash catches Marin short, who is annoyed with herself.

11-10 Zhang with a forehand winner to catch Marin short.

11-9 Zhang makes an unforced error. Her forehand is long and wide.

10-9 A delicate drop from Marin and Zhang gets nowhere near.

9-9 A forehand winner from Zhang.

9-7 Zhang's misjudgment gifts Marin a cheap point.

8-7 A forehand winner from Marin to take a one-point lead into the mid-game break.

7-7 A forehand winner from Zhang.

7-6 Marin beats Zhang's defence with a ferocious forehand. She's getting into her groove!

 

6-6 This time a forehand unforced error from Marin. She goes for a down the line winner but drags her forehand wide.

6-5 Zhang's forehand smash is marginally wide of the sideline.

5-5 Marin forces an error off Zhang with a powerful forehand.

4-5 A backhand unforced error from Zhang. She can't return Marin's drop and catches the net in retrieving it.

3-5 A body smash from Zhang and Marin can't return.

3-4 This time a forehand error from Marin. Great defence from Zhang to keep retrieving the shuttle running back and forth!

3-3 A forehand winner from Marin.

2-3 A service error from Marin. Uncharacteristic!

2-2 An unforced error from Zhang in going for the winner.

1-2 Zhang finds the open court to the left of Marin with a forehand drop.

1-1 A forehand winner from Zhang.

1-0 Marin serves and gets off the mark forcing an error of Zhang.

Next up is the women's singles match between Pune 7 Aces' Carolina Marin and Beiwen Zhang of Awadhe Warriors. This is Pune 7 Aces' Trump Match.

 

Christiansen/Lee Yang (Awadhe Warriors) beat Mathias Boe/Vladimir Ivanov (Pune 7 Aces) 15-12 15-14.

 

14-15 Christiansen and Lee Yang seal the win and take Awadhe Warriors 3-0 up in the tie.

13-14 Ivanov can't get enough power on his backhand to get the shuttle over the net.

13-13 This time an unforced error from Lee Yang, whose backhand catches the net.

12-13 A backhand unforced error from Christiansen.

11-13 Ivanov with an unforced error and the 31-shot rally ends in Awadhe Warriors winning a point.

 

11-12 A forehand winner from Ivanov. Four points in a row for Pune 7 Aces.

10-12 A body smash from Ivanov to spark a turnaround for Pune 7 Aces.

7-12 Christiansen's forehand catches the net.

5-11 A Ivanov forehand smashes into the net.

5-10 Mathias Boe's forehand is well wide, an unforced error.

5-9 An easy forehand winner for Lee Yang after Ivanov's meek return.

4-8 Christiansen's smash is at the body of Ivanov and Awadhe Warriors takes a four-point lead into the mid-game break in the second.

4-7 An unforced error from Mathias Boe.

3-6 A forehand winner from Lee Yang.

2-5 Christiansen's forehand winner gives Awadhe Warriors a three-point lead.

2-2 Christiansen's forehand smash catches the net.

1-2 Beautiful placement from Lee Yang, whose drop shot is too good for Ivanov.

1-0 A forehand winner from Mathias Boe.

Second game.

15-12 A forehand unforced error from Mathias Boe hands the game to Awadhe Warriors.

14-12 A forehand is long.

14-11 Fortuitous! Christiansen's forehand drops off the top of the net and the Pune pair is left helpless.

13-11 An unforced error from Mathias Boe.

12-11 Lee Yang forces an error off Mathias Boe.

 

11-11 A service fault from Mathias Boe.

10-11 Mathias Boe's backhand catches the outside edge of the line! Not such great anticipation from the Awadhe Warriors' pair.

10-10 A down the line winner from Christiansen.

9-10 Lee Yang goes for a forehand smash but can't get it over the net.

8-9 Christiansen goes for a delicate drop but catches the net with his forehand.

7-8 Lee Yang wins a point in a slightly fortuitous manner. The shuttle drops off the top of the net and Ivanov can't get his racquet to it.

6-8 Mathias Boe forces an error with a forehand smash.

6-7 Lee Yang finishes off the point that was set up by Christiansen.

4-6 Lee Yang's backhand drops just inside, deceiving the Pune 7 Aces pair.

3-6 Christiansen with a forehand winner.

2-6 Ivanov smashes at the body of Christiansen, who can't return.

2-5 Vladimir Ivanov is rising high and delivery unreturnable smashes down the line, from deep in his court. The last was 375 kmph!

2-4 A smashing forehand from Mathias Christiansen goes unreturned. It was at a breakneck speed of 354 kmph.

1-4 Vladimir Ivanov forces an error off Lee Yang, who drags his forehand wide.

1-3 A down the line winner from Mathias Boe.

1-2 An unforced error from Lee Yang, who catches the net.

1-1 A smash from Mathias Christiansen is unreturned.

Awadhe Warriors' Lee Yang to serve.

Next up is the men's doubles match between Mathias Boe/Vladimir Ivanov (Pune 7 Aces) and Mathias Christiansen/Lee (Awadhe Warriors).

 

Son Wan Ho beats Brice Leverdez 15-14 15-7 in the Awadhe Warriors' Trump match.

15-7 A Leverdez backhand unforced error hands Son the match. It's a Trump and Awadhe Warriors goes 2-0 up in the tie against Pune 7 Aces.

14-7 Son comes up with a backhand winner.

13-7 Leverdez's backhand is wide.

11-6 Leverdez drags his forehand wide.

 

10-6 Leverdez losing points with his forehand. He smashes the net this time.

9-6 Leverdez in double mind then and he catches the net with his forehand. His forehand unforced errors mounting.

8-6 Son goes into the mid-game break with a two-point lead. This time, he comes up with a forehand winner.

7-6 A Son forehand smash is marginally wide.

7-5 A backhand unforced error from Son. He goes for a winner but the direction goes wrong.

7-4 Son extends his lead.

6-4 Leverdez's attempted drop is wide. Another unforced error from the Frenchman.

5-4 This time an unforced error from Son, whose forehand catches the net.

5-3 This time Leverdez's forehand is well wide. He went for the down the line winner, but dragged it wide.

4-3 A forehand unforced error from Leverdez catches the net.

3-3 A successful review from Son to draw level after Leverdez felt the shuttle had gone long off a Son forehand.

2-3 Intelligent from Leverdez, whose drop is too low for Son to retrieve and get it over the net.

2-2 Leverdez goes for a cross court forehand, but catches the net.

1-2 Son shows good anticipation to watch a Leverdez forehand go long, over the baseline.

0-2 Similar! Another Son forehand, and it catches the net again!

0-1 Son smashes the net with his forehand.

Second game.

14-15 Son manages to win the game on the back of three unforced errors from Leverdez.

 

14-14 Another unforced error from Leverdez. His forehand goes long over the baseline.

14-13 This time an unforced error from Leverdez, who still has a game point.

14-12 Unforced error from Son, who catches the net.

13-12 Leverdez with a fortunate winner with the shuttle dropping in Son's court off the top of the net.

12-12 Son goes for a backhand winner but catches the shuttle even before it crossed the net.

11-12 A smash from Son at the body of Leverdez to retake the lead.

11-11 A powerful smash from Leverdez goes unreturned.

10-11 Stunning backhand (this time) from Leverdez to catch Son short on his backhand having forced him deep on his court.

9-11 A thumping forehand from Leverdez to find the open court to the right of Son.

8-11 Fortuitous! Leverdez's forehand drops in Son's court off the top of the net.

7-11 Leverdez's overhead smash is marginally wide.

7-9 A 329 kmph forehand from Son to resume the game.

7-8 Son goes into the mid-game break with a one-point lead, courtesy a forehand winner.

7-7 Leverdez's cross court forehand is marginally wide.

7-6 Son's forehand is long and Leverdez watches the shuttle drop over the baseline.

6-6 Great deception from Leverdez to catch Son short on his backhand!

5-6 Leverdez's forehand smashes the net.

4-5 Leverdez catches the net with his backhand.

4-4 An unforced error from Son levels the score in this Trump Match.

3-4 Son's forehand is long. Leverdez shows good anticipation to not play it.

2-4 A powerful smash from Leverdez to Son Wan Ho's backhand, who doesn't return.

 

1-4 Early domination from Son Wan Ho, who smashes another forehand winner.

1-3 Unforced error from Leverdez, smashes the net with his forehand.

1-2 This time, Son Wan Ho's forehand is long.

0-2 Leverdez expects the shuttle to go long but it drops flush on the baseline.

0-1 Son Wan Ho wins a 26-shot rally with a forehand winner having dominated much of the point.

Brice Leverdez to serve.

First up will be the men's singles match between Brice Leverdez of Pune 7 Aces and Son Wan Ho of Awadhe Warriors.

 

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