PBL 2017 Semi-Finals and Final Results. Premier Badminton League (PBL) 2017 saw an amazing exhibition of badminton from the top 4 teams. The results of the Semi-Finals and Finals are covered here.
The much awaited clash between PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal was the most anticipated one. In terms of team performance Awadhe Warriors with 21 points was the first team to qualify and Mumbai Rockets with 19 points had a very consistent performance to qualify for the Semis.
Hyderabad Hunters was the last team to qualify for the top four and Carolina Marin had a lot of pressures going into the semis. Chennai Smashers had the capability to cause upsets and had some good combination sin the Adcock pair, Sindhu, Kolding, Kashyap…
Let’s see how the story unfolded!
Semi-Final 1: Jan 13, 2017
- The opening match was won by the Awadhe pair as the Adcocks looked slightly off-color. In spite of wining the first set , the Adcocks lost their way and gave up the third set easily.
- The next match saw P. Kashyap playing flawlessly and on top of his game to even the score by winning 11-4, 11-6 against Vincent Wong Ki
- The third match saw a brilliant Kidambi Shrikanth take on Tommy Sugiarto in style. The first game was a closely contested affair with Kidambi finally winning with a smash at 12-10
- The much awaited encounter between Saina and Sindhu saw everybody at the edge of their seat. The see-saw affair saw an amazing rally of 48 points with Sindhu finally getting the net winner.
- Saina lack of 100% fitness was quite evident as there were some cross court drops and smashes that she wasn’t able to pick , eventually the Sindhu won in straight sets.
- The last match saw teh offensive pair of Smashers against the defensive pair of Warriors. Eventually in a short format the brilliant smashes of Chris Adcock and Mads Kolding sealed the fate of the Warriors
|Match||Category||Awadhe Warriors||Score||Chennai Smashers||Win|
|1||XD||Bodin Issara / Savitree Amitrapai||9-11, 11-8, 11-5||Chris Adcock / Gabby Adcock|
|2||MS||Wong Wing Ki||4-11, 6-11||Parupalli Kashyap|
|3||MS||Kidambi Srikanth||14-12, 11-7||Tommy Sugiarto|
|4||WS||Saina Nehwal||7-11, 8-11||P.V. Sindhu (T)|
|5||MD||Goh V Shem / Markis Kido (T)||3-11, 10-12||Chris Adcock / Mads Kolding|
WS =Women’s Singles; MS = Men’s Singles; XD = Mixed Doubles; WD = Women’s Doubles; MD = Men’s Doubles
(T) – Trump Match
Chennai Smashers win 4-1 against Awadhe Warriors
Semi-Final 2: Jan 13, 2017
- Semi-Final 2 saw the re-match of one of previous encounters between Sung Ji Hyun and Carolina Marin. As always Marin had control and took the first set 11-6 and then fortunes turned out brilliantly for Sung-ji Hyun. The korean played brilliantly with a lot of patience and control to outwit Marin and after a intense game of rallies which saw Marin make a lot of unforced errors. Eventually Sung-Ji Hyun came out on top and made a mark in this PBL 2017.
- With a Trump loss, it was always going to be difficult for the Hunters to recover .
- The second match saw Prannoy’s brilliant exhibition to defeat Sameer Verma and continue his unbeaten run.
- The second set came close but the Hunters lost out eventually and they lost 3 – (-1). The other matches in this tie was cancelled.
|Match||Category||Mumbai Rockets||Score||Hyderabad Hunters||Win|
|1||WS||Sung Ji Hyun||6-11, 11-6, 11-5||Carolina Marin (T)|
|2||MS||HS Prannoy (T)||11-8, 15-13||Sameer Verma|
|3||MS||Ajay Jayaraman||NA||Rajiv Ouseph|
|4||XD||Sanjana Santosh / Chirag Shetty||NA||Hoi Wah Chau / Sai Raj|
|5||MD||Yong Dae Lee / Nipithphon P||NA||Boon Heong Tan / Wee Kiong Tan|
(T) – Trump Match
Mumbai Rockets win 3-(-1) against Hyderabad Hunters
Final: Jan 14, 2017
- In the first match of the final the Adcock pair for Smashers played amazingly well with Gabby Adcock leading the way and winning the Trump match easily.
- The second game saw the match between Sindhu and Sung Ji Hyun and it was an amazing game of exhibition badminton. The first set started out evenly with both the players playing long rallies with the score tied at 6-6. The defining moment came after a long rally of 36 pints which turned out in Sindhu’s favor. After that it Sindhu in control and Sung Ji Hyun trying to get back. But PV Sindhu stamped her class with a 11-8, 11-8 victory in the Final.
- It was a fitting Finale where it went down to the last match between Ajay Jayaraman and Tanongsak. Even though Ajay won the first set, it was the experience and skills of Tanongsak that gave Chennai Smashers the title in PBL 2017.
|Match||Category||Mumbai Rockets||Score||Chennai Smashers||Win|
|1||MS||Nipithphon P / Nadiezda Zieba||9-11, 6-11||Chris Adcock / Gabby Adcock (T)|
|2||XD||Sung Ji Hyun||8-11, 8-11||P.V. Sindhu|
|3||MS||Yong Dae Lee / Nipithphon P (T)||12-10, 11-6||Chris Adcock / Mads Kolding|
|4||MS||HS Prannoy||11-4, 8-11, 11-8||Parupalli Kashyap|
|5||MS||Ajay Jayaraman||9-11, 11-7, 11-3||Tanongsak S|
(T) – Trump Match
Chennai Smashers are the PBL 2017 Champions