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Sung, Prannoy power Rockets into final in emphatic fashion

  • January 13, 2017
  • PBL Media Team
Sung, Prannoy power Rockets into final in emphatic fashion

The Mumbai Rockets took on the Hyderabad Hunters in the second semi-final which took only two Trump matches to decide the outcome of the tie.

Match 1: Sung Ji-Hyun (MUM) vs Carolina Marin (HYD)

The second semi-final started off with a cracker as two giants of the game took to the court in the women’s singles. Hyderabad called for a Trump as their marquee player and world number two Carolina Marin faced off against world number three Sung Ji Hyun of Mumbai for the second time in this tournament.

The players matched each other stride for stride as they showed both power and precision on the court, but Marin had the lead at the break in the first game by a 6-4 score line. Marin upped the ante after the half and showed great court coverage, playing strong smashes to take the first game 11-6. Hyun began the second game much better as she found her range to race away to a 5-0 lead before taking the break at 6-3. The Korean got her shot placements right to steamroll the Spaniard and take the second game 11-6.

Hyun seemed to get stronger as the match progressed as she took a 6-3 lead by the break in the deciding game. The Rockets’ player displayed great accuracy in playing some exquisite shots that gave Marin little chance. Mumbai were off to a flier with 1-(-1) lead with things looking down for Hyderabad all too soon.

Result: Sung Ji-Hyun (MUM) beat Carolina Marin (HYD) 6-11, 11-6, 11-5

Match 2: HS Prannoy (MUM) vs Sameer Verma (HYD)

It was a high-pressure scenario for Sameer Verma and the Hunters as they had to win this match to stay alive in the semi-final. Prannoy started better of the two as he got his big smash going to take a 6-4 lead by the interval. The Mumbai man continued in the same vein to seize the first game 11-8 and plant one foot in the final.

Prannoy looked comfortable in the second game but Verma was not ready to give up without a fight. It was the lad from Madhya Pradesh who took the lead by a 6-4 margin halfway. Verma extended his lead to 10-7 thanks to a string of errors from Prannoy who saved all three game points to level at 10-all. He then saved two more game points and sealed the tie for the Rockets with his first game point. The win stretched Prannoy’s sensational unbeaten run in the tournament to six as Mumbai surged into the final with an unassailable lead.

Result: HS Prannoy (MUM) beat Sameer Verma (HYD) 11-8, 15-13

Tie Result: Mumbai Rockets beat Hyderabad Hunters 3-(-1)