Nielsen-Ponnappa ensure Pune avoid 0-5 drubbing
India's World Championships bronze medalist Ashwini Ponnappa ensured her Indian Badminton League franchise Pune Pistons managed to win at least one of the five match-ups in yesterday's Indian Badminton League encounter against Hyderabad Hotshots.
At the Sardar Valabhbhai Patel Stadium here, Ponnappa alongwith Joachim Fischer Nielsen beat Hyderabad’s mixed doubles pair of V Shem Goh and Pradnya Gadre 21-11, 21-14 to help Pune avoid a 0-5 drubbing at the hands of the Saina Nehwal-led Hotshots.
After Ajay Jayaram and Saina Nehwal gave Hyderabad a 2-0 lead by winning their respective singles matches, V Shem Goh and Khim Wah Lim beat Pune’s Sanave Thomas-Rupesh Kumar 21-19 21-16 in the men’s doubles to make it
3-0. Then, in the second men’s singles match, Hyderabad’s Tanongsak beat Pune’s Saurabh Varma 21-17, 21-18 to make it 4-0.