PBL: Awadhe Warriors hunt down Hyderabad

Sindhu goes down to Zhang as hosts lose final home tie 4-1

By Author  |  Published: 29th Dec 2018  12:13 amUpdated: 28th Dec 2018  11:48 pm
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Awadhe Warriors’ Zhang Beiwen in action against Hyderabad Hunters’ PV Sindhu at Gachibowli Indoor Stadium on Friday.

Hyderabad: Hyderabad Hunters’ captain and ace Indian shuttler PV Sindhu suffered her second successive loss going down to Zhang Beiwen in straight sets as the hosts suffered a 4-1 loss against Awadhe Warriors in the PBL 4 at the Gachibowli Indoor Stadium here on Friday.

The Word No.3 simply did not have any answers to the US player, who defeated Sindhu in the Indian Open finals this February. The winner of the World Tour Finals lost 13-15, 8-15. Having led 8-5 and 12-8 in the first set, Sindhu lost the ground. Zhang won six straight points to lead 14-12 before sealing the game 15-13. The second game was no different. The Warriors’ player made the best use of the court making Sindhu run to the corners with accurate shots. After leading by two points at the break, Zhang won four straight points and sealed the match 15-8.

Earlier, the hosts didn’t’ have the best of starts as they lost their Trump match when the mixed doubles pair from South Korea Kim Sa Rang and Won Eom Hye went down fighting to the duo of Christiansen Mathias and Ashwini Ponnappa 12-15, 15-9, 11-15.

This was after the World No. 35 Mark Caljouw brought the hosts back in contention defeating World No. 27 Korean player Lee Dong Keun. The Netherlands player was relentless in his attack as he cruised to 15-10 win in the first game. Lee showed stomach for a fight. He increased the gap after a 8-6 lead to 15-7 with seven straight points. The decider saw the reversal of the fortunes as Mark played an attacking game to win the game.