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PBL: Olympic champ Marin beats Sindhu as Hyderabad pip Chennai

January 01, 2017 22:39 IST

PV Sindhu

IMAGE: Hyderabad Hunters player Carolina Marin in action against PV Sindhu of Chennai Smashers in the inaugural match of the Premier Badminton League, in Hyderabad, on Sunday. Photograph: PTI.

Olympic champion Carolina Marin kicked-off the second edition of Premier Badminton League, on Sunday, in style winning a closely contested encounter against PV Sindhu guiding Hyderabad Hunters to 4-3 win over Chennai Smashers.

The marquee match saw the Spanish girl enjoying the last laugh winning 11-8, 12-14, 11-2.

Delighted with her win, Marin said, "It was a wonderful match and the way the crowd was behind, it was wonderful. Their support meant and lot and helped me to perform a lot better."

Chennai came back into the contest with Tomy Sugiarto winning the first men's singles beating B Sai Praneeth to make it 1-1.

The top British husband-wife pair of Chris and Gabby Adcock won the mixed doubles rubber which Chennai had marked as their 'Trump match'. The win gave them two points and made it 3-1.

In a must-win second men's singles match of the day, Rajiv Ouseph of Hyderabad scored a thrilling 11-6, 11-8, 11-6 win against Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk to make it 2-3.

Hyderabad had no option but to choose the final men's doubles rubber as their 'Trump match' where Boon Heong Tan-Wee Kiong Tan beat Mads Pieter Kolding-B Sumeeth Reddy 11-7 and 11-8 to make it 4-3.

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