TNBL: Flying Gravity thrashes Jade Force

Flying Gravity beat The Jade Force 4-1 in the group-1 tie on day two of the Tamil Nadu Badminton League.

Vikash Prabhu and Arun Sreevatsan of Flying Gravity in action on day two of TNBL.   -  K. Pichumani

Flying Gravity beat The Jade Force 4-1 in the group-1 tie on day two of the Tamil Nadu Badminton League at the Ampa Skywalk mall here on Friday.

Gravity's S. Kishore upset men's singles State No. 1 R. Manigandan 15-6, 9-15, 15-14 in the first match of the day.

Kishore led 8-2 at break, went ahead 12-5 and won the game 15-6 after resumption.

The left-handed Manigandan made it 4-4 in the second game, went on to lead 8-6 at break, before clinching it 15-9, helped by a lot of unforced errors from Kishore. Kishore often hit the net, particularly when he tried to drop.

In the third game, Manigandan rallied from 8-11 to 12-13, drew level 13-13, and inched ahead 14-13. But Kishore drew level 14-14, and won it 15-14 with an unforced error from his opponent.

Vikash Prabhu and Arun Sreevatsan beat Arun Karthik and D.M. Manoj in the Jr. boys' (U-17) doubles for Flying Gravity to lead the tie 2-0.

Karthik and Manoj led 8-5, 11-6, and won the first game 15-11. It was 4-all and 7-all in the second game, before the pair was down 7-12 and 12-14. Vikash and Arun won the game 15-12 after a long rally, and secured the third game comfortably (15-8).

Then, in the hyped up match, the current women's singles State No. 1 V.S. Varshini posted an easy 15-11, 15-9 win over the reigning women’s State champion Akshaya Arumugam to give The Jade Force its only win of the day. It appeared that Varshini played with more intensity than Akshaya.

E. Mohanraj & R. Bhuvanesh sealed the tie in Flying Gravity’s favour, but the Men’s doubles match had a tense finish as the 12-15, 15-9, 15-14 scoreline would suggest. Gravity’s Poornima Cheruku & Velavan closed out the tie with an emphatic 15-5, 15-10 win over Anees Kowsar & Chandramouleeshwar in the mixed doubles match.

Falcon Feathers beat Lanson Knights 4-1 in the group-2 tie of the day.

The results: Group 1: Flying Gravity bt The Jade Force 4-1: Men's singles: S. Kishore bt R. Manigandan 15-6, 9-15, 15-14; Women's singles: Akshaya Arumugam lost to V.S. Varshini 11-15, 9-15; Men's doubles: E. Mohanraj & R. Bhuvanesh bt R. Arjun Krishnan & B. Danush Kumar 12-15, 15-9, 15-14; Jr. boys' (u-17) doubles: Vikash Prabhu & Arun Sreevatsan bt Arun Karthick & D.M. Manoj 11-15, 15-12, 15-8; Mixed doubles: Poornima Cheruku & Velavan bt Anees Kowsar & Chandramouleeshwar 15-5, 15-10.

Group 2: Falcon Feathers bt Lanson Knights 4-1: Men’s singles: Vishal Vasudevan bt P. Ramesh Kumar 15-11, 15-10; Women’s singles: N. Pranavi bt R. Sharanaya 15-12, 15-8; Men’s doubles: Abdul Fashith & Arun Brun bt Mohammed Rehan & Balamanikandan 15-12, 15-11; Jr. boys’ (u-17) doubles: Siddhanth Gupta & Ruban Kumar bt Kavin Thangam & P. Anirudh 15-12, 15-8; Mixed doubles: Vembarasan & Akshaya lost to Nazeer Khan & Ramya Thulasi 14-15, 8-15.

Points table: Group 1: The Jade Force 5; Flying Gravity 4; Chennai Shuttle Kings 1; Group 2: Falcon Feathers 7; Jhaver Smashers 2; Lanson Knights 1.