The Mumbai Rockets trounced the Hyderabad Hunters 4-1 in their own backyard on Monday, after both trump matches went their way.
The hosts made a good start to the tie when Supanida Kathetong defeated Liuz Di 13-15, 15-14, 15-14 in a tense and thrilling opening women’s singles encounter.
That was followed by another Hunters win, as Carsten Mogensen Markos Kido beat Chayut Triyachart and Vladimir Ivanov 15-7, 15-14 in the men’s doubles to give their side a 2-0 lead.
Hyderabad chose the first men’s singles contest as their trump match, but it backfired as HS Prannoy toppled Parupalli Kashyap 15-11, 15-13, resulting in a 1-1 scoreline (the Hunters were docked a point for losing their trump match).
“This was a very important match for us as we had already lost the first two matches and I am happy to have opened our team’s account,” Prannoy said afterwards.
Mumbai then led 3-1 after getting a bonus point for winning their trump match, the second men’s single contest, when RMV Gurusaidutt dispatched Siril Verma 15-12, 15-4, and they completed the dramatic turnaround by winning the final mixed doubles contest, as Vladimir Ivanov and Kamilla Juhl saw off Markos Kido and Jwala Gutta 15-8, 15-8.
Unfortunately for the Hunters, the defeat effectively ended their chances of qualifying for the semi-finals.