Mumbai Rockets ended the title defence of Hyderabad Hunters to set up a summit clash against Bengaluru Raptors at the Premier Badminton League Season 4 in Bengaluru on Saturday.Mumbai Trump Sameer Verma played a brilliant match before Anders Antonsen finished off what was a dominant 4-2 win for the two-time runners-up at the Kanteerava Indoor Stadium.Mumbai will hope to be third time lucky in the final on Sunday after losses to the Delhi Acers and the Chennai Smashers in the first two seasons.The Rockets looked the better of the two teams for most part of the tie, racing ahead to 4-0 before P V Sindhu could finally open the Hunters’ account. It was, however, only a matter of time before Mumbai wrapped it up.The superb Sameer was not bothered by the fact that he had lost his last BWF showdown to World No. 35 Mark Caljouw.Asserting his supremacy right from the start, the Mumbai shuttler raced ahead to 8-2 before the Dutchman could not even settle into the match. Staying very calm, Verma grabbed the first game 15-8.Sameer smartly blunted Caljouw’s aggression even in the second game to move ahead to 8-2. Using his deception to perfection, Verma wrapped it up 15-8, 15-7.Hyderabad’s Lee Hyun Il was able to stave off a resilient Anders Antonsen to go up to 8-6 in the fourth rubber. Despite Lee going up to 13-11, the young Dane looked unfazed and steadily fought back to take the opener 15-13.Antonsen did not have to work as hard in the one-sided second game. He held control of the proceedings throughout the game, building an 11-6 advantage before finishing off a 15-13, 15-6 victory that sealed the tie.advertisementWorld No. 3 P V Sindhu was the lone bright spot for Hyderabad. She was always a tall order for the 202nd ranked Shreyanshi Pardeshi of the Mumbai Rockets.Even though Sindhu did secure a 15-6, 15-5 win, the rising star did have her moments. Her net game did trouble the lanky Sindhu to a certain extent in the first game and she managed to trail her highly accomplished opponent by just one point at 7-8.However, once Sindhu upped the intensity in her attack, it became an uphill task for Pardeshi. Over hitting under pressure did not help her cause at all as Sindhu opened up a 7-0 lead in the second game. It was all too one-sided after that as Sindhu cantered to an easy win.Earlier, Lee Yong Dae and Kim Gi Jung gave Mumbai a dream start with a 15-14, 15-12 win over Hyderabad’s Bodin Isara and Kim Sa-Rang. While the first game remained highly competitive, the second game was in the grip of the Hyderabad duo for a long time.Bodin and Kim led till 8-5 in the second game but could not prevent the Mumbai duo from making a strong comeback to go up to 13-11 before they closed out the win.
Share on Facebook Share on Pinterest Facebook Tennis She may have been born and raised in Devon and be the face of the BBC’s Wimbledon coverage but, according to the Coupe Suzanne Lenglen – the trophy awarded to the women’s singles champion at the French Open – Britain’s Sue Barker is actually Australia’s Sue Barker. Since you’re here… Share on Messenger Topics French Open 2019 news Twitter Pinterest Sue Barker poses with her Order of the British Empire medal in 2016. Photograph: Pool/Reuters Share on LinkedIn When Ashleigh Barty won the title on Saturday she thought she was the first Australian woman to lift the cup since Margaret Court in 1973. However, she was bemused to discover Barker’s name with the letters ‘AUST’ next to them, rather than ‘GB’.Barker’s 1976 victory over the Czech Renata Tomanova at Roland Garros was the only grand slam final of her career and, though she reached the semi-finals of Wimbledon and the Australian Open in 1977, she may have been disappointed not to have her one major tennis triumph accurately recorded on the French Open trophy itself.It is not the only error on the trophy as under Barker comes 1977 champion Mima Jausovec, whose name is mis-spelt ‘Jausevec’. French Open Ashleigh Barty offers stark contrast with Johanna Konta and eyes No 1 spot Read more … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Support The Guardian The name of the women’s doubles trophy, the Coupe Simonne Mathieu, created in 1990, has also been mis-spelt with ‘Simone Mathieu’ on the plaque and on the cup itself.French Open organisers said on Sunday that the mistakes would be fixed. Share on Twitter Share on WhatsApp Share via Email Reuse this content