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IBL: Awadhe Warriors lead Mumbai Masters 2-1 as Sindhu beat Baun

Bangalore: Rising sensation P V Sindhu outclassed All England Champion Tine Baun in straight games as Awadhe Warriors lead Mumbai Masters 2-1 at the halfway stage of the second semi-final of the Vodafone Indian Badminton
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PTI 31 Aug 2013, 10:39 PM IST
Bangalore: Rising sensation P V Sindhu outclassed All England Champion Tine Baun in straight games as Awadhe Warriors lead Mumbai Masters 2-1 at the halfway stage of the second semi-final of the Vodafone Indian Badminton League here today.



World No 10 Sindhu gave flawless performance as she defeated veteran Baun 21-16 21-13 to level proceedings after world No 1 Lee Chong Wei drew first blood for Mumbai outfit, thrashing talented Guru Sai Dutt 21-15 21-7.

In the men's doubles encounter, the formidable Warriors' pair Markis Kido and Mathias Boe made short work of the inexperienced Indian duo of Sumeeth Reddy and Pranav Jerry Chopra with a scoreline of 21-15 21-10.

Buoyed by the presence of owners --- legendary Sunil Gavaskar and Telegu star Nagarjuna cheering from the sidelines, Lee didn't disappoint them with a clinical effort.

At the first break, the world No 1 lead 7-4  but Gurusai reduced the margin to 12-14 at the second break. Gurusai provided Lee with some anxious moments with down-the-line smashes and impressive net play.

Although he committed nine unforced errors compared to five by Gurusai, the experienced Malaysian bagged the first game 21-15.

As for Gurusai, he hung in there after forcing some long rallies, but could not breach the extraordinary racquet work displayed by the Malaysian.

After losing the first game, Gurusai came under far too much pressure as he conceded the first break of the second game 2-7 against the Masters' icon player.

Lee capitalised on the retreating confidence of Gurusai and played some magnificent badminton, reminiscent of a ballad pranced by a beautiful damsel, leading 14-2 in the second break.

“I'm very happy after the win. I'm thankful to all the fans for all their support. I think now our team is in a good position to reach the final,” Lee said after beating Gurusai said.
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