Printed: December 25, 2017 10:34 pm
Sameer Verma consolidated Mumbai Rockets’ place with a straight-game win over Wong Wing Ki Vincent of Delhi Dashers within the Premier Badminton League (PBL).
Sameer outplayed the Dashers’ Trump participant Vincent 15-11, 15-11 to not solely fetch the extra level for his workforce but additionally pushed the Delhi workforce into adverse territory.
Ranked world No. 30, Sameer confirmed his mastery over the court docket, overlaying the angles effectively and toying with the upper ranked Vincent. His cross-court bounce smashes had been significantly efficient, fetching him factors nearly at effectively.
The 23-year-old Indian star wrapped up the primary recreation in lower than 20 minutes and appeared on his option to one other facile win. However at 14-Eight, a number of nerves surfaced and Vincent pulled again three factors. However an ideal internet drop gave Sameer a snug victory.
Earlier, the South Korean-Malaysian duo of Lee Yong Dae & Tan Boon Heong drew on their huge expertise to down the Russian pair of Ivan Sozonov & Vladimir Ivanov 14-15, 15-14, 15-10 within the opening Males’s Doubles match.
In an intense battle between near-equals, Yong Dae and Boon Heong struggled in opposition to the towering 6 foot 6 inch presence of Ivanov. They did not ravel his booming smashes and misplaced the opening recreation 14-15.
They acquired into their very own within the subsequent although. Regardless of falling behind halfway by the sport, they clawed into the competition by tightening their defence.
Yong Dae was significantly spectacular, overlaying the court docket effectively and killing the important thing factors well. They loved a few recreation factors however Sozonov-Ivanov held on to make it 14-14. However they misplaced the following level to permit Mumbai Rockets a chance to say themselves.
The third recreation too was tight, with the lead exchanging fingers until 5-5.
That’s when the Russian pair began making errors, repeatedly discovering the online of their method. Out of the blue, they had been down 5-Eight after which 7-11. They tried to get again however it was too late.