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Hyderabad Strikers vs Mumbai Leon Army in Tennis Premier League Finals

Hyderabad Strikers and Mumbai Leon Army entered the final of Tennis Premier League (TPL) at the Celebration Club in Mumbai on Saturday.

Both Hyderabad striker and Mumbai Leon Army scored close, identical victories 42-38 respectively against the Chennai Stallions and the defending champion Pune Jaguars in the semi-finals.

Interestingly, both matches were drawn with a score of 30-30 after three rubbings and it was the men’s doubles content that decided the outcome of both.

Karman Kaur once again gave the Strikers a positive start, beating Samantha Sharan 11-9, while also avenging the defeat to Brit on the tournament stage. With one last stop at stake, both players started the game unsettled, but it was Karman’s larger serve that gave her a good chance. The lead was changed hands a few times before Karman took control and ended the game.

Siddharth, unbeaten in the tournament, looked set to give the Stallions the edge as he took an 8-4 lead over Arjun Kadhe.

However, a few loose shots from Rawat gave Kadhe the opportunity to close the lead. He then made some sharp runs into the net as he took an 8-10 lead to level the score at 10-10.

Ramkumar R and Niki Poonacha
Ramkumar R and Niki Poonacha

Hyderabad striker beat Chennai Stallions in semi-final

Hyderabad Strikers beat Chennai Stallions 42-38 in the first semi-final. Purav Raja and Samantha showed their doubles prowess once again as they beat Vishnu Vardhan and Karman 11-9 to level the score 30-30 after three batting.

But the men’s doubles final was a bit of a disappointment for the Stallions as the stronger pairing of Vardhan and Kadhe ran away during the game.

Opening up to a 7-1 lead, they were never threatened and when they reached 11 points, the game was over. The Strikers ultimately won the doubles 12-8 and the match 42-38.

Rutuja Bhosle and Sowjanya Bavisetti drew 10-10 in the women’s singles opening match of the second semi-final. Ramkumar leads Saketh 8-2, raising hopes of leading Mumbai. But Saketh dug deep, making his big serves appreciated. He also attacked Ramkumar’s serve and picked up 7 points on the way to go 9-8.

However, Ramkumar responded with an ace and a wide serve to regain the lead 10-9, before Myneni delivered an ace of his own to draw it 10-10. .

After the mixed doubles event ended with a score of 10-10, Poonacha and Ramkumar proved the stronger pair in the men’s doubles, winning 12-8 to equalize.

Ramkumar and Niki Poonacha
Ramkumar and Niki Poonacha

RESULTS (Semifinals)

Hyderabad Strikers beat Chennai Stallions

(Karman Kaur bt Samantha Sharan 11-9; Arjun Kadhe drew with Siddharth Rawat 10-10; Vishnu / Karman lost to Purav Raja / Samantha 9-11; Vishnu / Kadhe bt Raja / Rawat).

Mumbai Army Leon Pune Jaguars (Sowjanya Bavisetti draw Rutuja Bhosle 10-10; Ramkumar R draw Saketh M 10-10; Sowjanya / Niki Poonacha draw Ishaque Eqbal / Rutuja 10-10)

Hyderabad Strikers lost to Pune Jaguars 45-35 (Karman Kaur bt Rutuja Bhosle 12-8; Arjun Kadhe lost to Ishaque Eqbal 9-11; Vishnu Vardhan / Karman bt Saketh M / Rutuja 12-8; Varshan / Kadhe bt Saketh / Ishaque 12 numbers 8)

(Friday): Rajasthan Tigers bt Gujarat Panthers 41-39 (Diana Marcinkevica bt Valeryla Strakhova 11-9; Prajnesh G bt Vijay Sundar 12-8; Aryan Goveas / Diana lose to Dhivij Sharan / Valeryla 6-14; Prajnesh / Aryan bt Dhivij / Vijay 12-8)

Bengaluru Sparta drew with Delhi Binny’s 40-40 Brigade (Sabina Sharipova bt Peangtran Plipuech 11-9; Sriram Balaji bt Yuki Bhambri 12-8; Jeevan N / Sabina lost to Manish S / Peangtarn 5-15; Jeevan / Balaji bt Manish / Bhambri 12-8).



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