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IBL: Saina, Tanongsak give Hyderabad early edge against Beats

Hyderabad: Egged on by the home crowd, a Saina Nehwal-inspired Hyderabad Hotshots consolidated their position by taking an early 2-0 lead in the Indian Badminton League (IBL) face-off against bottom-placed Banga Beats here today.Saina won

PTI [ Updated: August 28, 2013 22:46 IST ]
ibl saina tanongsak give hyderabad early edge against beats
ibl saina tanongsak give hyderabad early edge against beats

Hyderabad: Egged on by the home crowd, a Saina Nehwal-inspired Hyderabad Hotshots consolidated their position by taking an early 2-0 lead in the Indian Badminton League (IBL) face-off against bottom-placed Banga Beats here today.




Saina won her match 21-17 14-21 11-8 against Ying Tai Tzu, after Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk gave the hosts a cracking start by staving off the challenge of India's top male shuttler Parupalli Kashyap 21-20 21-18.

After giving ample evidence of her touch in the first game, Saina went down easily in the second to give Bangalore a glimmer of hope.

However, the third and final game belonged to Saina.

The HotShots took a 1-0 win after Saensomboonsuk defeated Kashyap to qualify for the semifinals.

The two victories enabled Hyderabad to reach the top of the points table.

The keenly-awaited game of the day, the women's singles match between icon player Saina and Banga Beats' Ying Tai Tzu began as a close contest with the score being 7-4 at first break.

What followed was a visual treat of powerful smashes, rallies for the spectators as the two seasoned players sweated it out. Saina managed to move ahead and the score was 14-10 by the second interval.

Though Ying Tai Tzu tried her best to narrow the gap, a few unforced errors proved costly for her and the never-say-die Saina succeeded in maintaining the lead. Saina's deft play, however, ensured that she pocketed it 21-17.

Tzu fought back in the second game and made it 7-6 at the first break but Saina narrowed the gap soon and equalled the score at 10-10. Ying Tai Tzu did not give up and succeeded in extending her lead.

Long rallies followed before Tai managed to wrest the second game 21-14.

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