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Sports Shorts: Ruthless Marin sends Saina packing

January 07, 2018 22:28 IST

A summary of sports events and sports persons, who made news on Sunday

Carolina Marin

IMAGE: Carolina Marin celebrates after beating Saina Nehwal. Photograph: PBL/Twitter

Rio Olympic champion Carolina Marin crushed Indian ace Saina Nehwal as Hyderabad Hunters thrashed Awadhe Warriors 6-(-1) in a Premier Badminton League (PBL) match at the Nehru Indoor Stadium in Chennai on Sunday.

 

The Spanish left-hander proved too good for Nehwal as she won 15-5, 15-7 in a jiffy to add to the Warriors' woes.

Hyderabad Hunters later won the mixed doubles encounter to register a clean sweep. Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Pia Zebediah outplayed Hendra Setiawan and Christinna Pedersen 15-9, 15-9 to finish the demolition job in style.

Earlier, world No 16 Sai Praneeth posted a stunning 15-10, 15-10 victory over compatriot and World No 3 Kidambi Srikanth in the Warriors' trump match to put the Hyderabad team on the road to a thumping win.

Earlier, World No 18 Lee Hyun Il of Korea registered a thrilling 13-15, 15-9, 15-14 win against Parupalli Kashyap to guide Hyderabad Hunters to an early 2-0 lead against Awadhe Warriors.

Hyderabad won the first point of the day after their men's doubles pair of Markis Kido/Yoo Yeon Seong came back from a game down to win 14-15, 15-6, 15-11 against the combination of Or Ching Chung/Tang Chun Man.

Chhetri's strike hand Bengaluru 1-0 win over ATK

Sunil Chhetri

IMAGE: Sunil Chhetri in action. Photograph: ISL Media/Twitter

Skipper Sunil Chhetri struck a solitary goal as Bengaluru FC beat defending champions ATK 1-0 to jump to the top of the points table at the Indian Super League, in Bengaluru.

The win gave three crucial points to Bengaluru FC, who are now leading the points table wih 18 points from six wins in nine matches.

Chennaiyin FC and FC Pune City are placed at second and third places respectively with 17 and 16 points.

The lone goal came in 39th minute as Chhetri latched on to a gift by Conor Thomas in midfield before unleashing a terrific shot.

Bengaluru were the better side in the first half, but ATK had their chances.

The biggest chance for the visitors came in 26th minute but Rupert's shot was blocked by Gurpreet Singh.

Gurpreet once again came to his side's rescue in 59th minute by pulling off a good low save after Keane created space and shot at the post.

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