Punjab News Express/Balbir Singh
BENGALURU : Mixed doubles pair of Jwala Gutta and Vladimir Ivanov beat the pair of Chris Adcock and PV Sindhu of Chennai Smashers to hand defending champions Delhi Acers grab an early 2-0 lead in the Vodafone Premier League Season 2, powered by Maruti Suzuki here today at the Koramangala Indoor Stadium.
Smashers who were one down in the tie looked like they would bounce back after their experiential pair produced a dominating performance to take the first game 11-7. With a game up it looked like Chennai’s gamble would pay off but Jwala and Ivanov got their act together to win their second game 11-4.
In the decider, Sindhu and Adcock tried their best to get past their much experienced opponents, however Jwala and Ivanov did not let go off the momentum and won the game 11-9 to win their second match of the tie.
Earlier in the day, Jan O Jorgensen put the defending champions Delhi Acers back on the winning path after he beat Tommy Sugiarto of Chennai Smashers 10-12, 11-4, 11-6 and take an early 1-0 advantage in the tie.Delhi who are currently lying at the bottom of the table and are virtually out of contention for the knock-outs finally got their winning mojo back and salvage some pride.
Jorgensen started the match on the attacking note and was looking favourite to win the first game as he raced to a 9-5 lead. On the cusp of a loss, Sugiarto however launched a strong fight back to take the game 12-10.
Jorgensen who lost the opening game from a strong position made a good comeback to win the second game 4-11. With the match tied 1-1, Jorgensen was at his brutal best to end the game 11-6 to win the match and give Acers a much needed win.
The next match will see men’s singles encounter between P Kashyap of Chennai Smashers and Son Wan Ho of Acers in the second men’s singles match. Men’s doubles action will see the pair of Chris Adcock and Mads Pieler Kolding of Smashers go up against the duo of Vladimir Ivanov and Ivan Sozonov of Acers, which will be a trump match for the latter. The last match of the tie will be PV Sindhu of Chennai taking on Tanvi Lad of Delhi. It will be a trump match for Chennai.