Up to date: December 28, 2017 11:09 pm
Superlative performances by world champion Viktor Axelsen of Denmark and Malaysia’s Chen Wei Feng helped Bengaluru Blasters trounce Delhi Dashers 5-2 of their opening match of the third Premier Badminton League (PBL). World No. 1 Axelsen, who just lately defended his title on the Dubai Tremendous Sequence Last, outclassed China’s World No. 22 Tian Houwei 15-11 15-11 in Bengaluru’s Trump match to seal the tie on the Siri Fort Sports activities Advanced right here.
Earlier, taking part in their first match of the season, Bengaluru Blasters drew first blood with Korean Kim Sa Rang and India’s N Sikki Reddy combining effectively to safe a 15-10 12-15 15-11 win over Delhi pair of Ashwini Ponnappa and Ivanov Vladimir within the combined doubles opening match.
World No 45. Malaysian Chong Wei Feng then dished out a gritty sport as he got here again from a sport right down to stun 15th ranked Wing Ki Wong Vincent of Hong Kong 10-15 15-13 15-Eight within the first males’s singles to place the Blasters 2-Zero forward.
Delhi, who had misplaced their opening match 1-Four to Mumbai Rockets in Guwahati, then put their religion on Sung Ji Hyun, a bronze medallist on the 2015 World Championship, and the World No. 6 Korean overcame 2014 Commonwealth Video games silver medallist and World No. 16 Kristy Gilmour 15-10, Eight-15, 15-5 of their Trump match to carry her workforce again into the competition.
Nonetheless, Axelsen, who received two tremendous collection titles in India and China and completed runners-up at China Open, poured chilly water on Delhi’s hopes with an outstanding efficiency within the second males’s singles, rendering the fifth and final match — males’s doubles — of the night inconsequential.
The Odense-born Axelsen confirmed nice athleticism and management and higher anticipation as he led Eight-6 on the first interval earlier than comfortably pocketing the opening sport.
The Dane zoomed to a 6-1 lead within the second and grabbed an Eight-Four benefit on the breather with a towering down the road smash. He continued to dominate the proceedings after the break and ultimately sealed the problem with one other smash.
“Tian is a very good player and it was really close though it was in straight games. It was our trump match and I was expected to play at a higher level and I am happy to do that,” Axelsen stated after the match.
The Russian pair of Vladimir Ivanov and Ivan Sozonov had hoped to salvage some satisfaction for the Dashers however Mathias Boe and Kim Sa Rang notched up a 15-9 15-12 win within the remaining match to finish a 5-2 drubbing by Benguluru.
Earlier, left-handed Chong Wei trailed Four-Eight on the first break however he reeled off 4 factors at 6-12 to make it 10-12 however he couldn’t cease Vincent from strolling away with the opening sport.
Within the second sport, the Malaysian fell behind 6-Eight once more however he slowly made his approach again and drew parity at 12-12 earlier than turning the tables at 13-12 when Vincent hit out. He ultimately roared again into the competition when the Hong Kong shuttler once more went lengthy.
Chong Wei then dominated the decider, surging to a 6-1 lead. Vincent grabbed three successive factors earlier than the Malaysian went into the interval with a Eight-Four benefit. Chong Wei then got here out with all cylinders blazing and sealed the match when his rival misplaced a video referral after going broad once more.