Rituparna leads Pune 7 Aces to the PBL semifinals with a 4-1 victory over Awadhe Warriors

HYDERABAD: Rituparna Das stunned world No. 14 Beiwen Zhang in straight games like Pune 7 Aces hit Awadhe warriors 4-1 to seal his place in the semifinal in the fifth Premier Badminton League Monday.

The Aces are the third team to reach the last four with Chennai Superstarz and North Eastern Warriors already sealing their respective berths.

With admirable composure, Rituparna, a former national champion, achieved a brave 15-13, 15-12 victory over the much-imagined Zhang of America in the Warriors' Trump game at the GMC Balayogi covered stadium here.

The gold medalists of the Commonwealth Games, Chris and Gabrielle Adcock, recorded a 15-6, 15-9 victory over Awadhe Christinna Pedersen and Ivan Sozonov to put Pune 2-0 ahead.

Previously, Hendra Setiawan de Pune and Chirag Shetty He lost for the first time this season in a grueling three-game match against Awadhe's 24th world couple of Ko Sung Hyun and Shin Baek Cheol.

Shetty and Setiawan had been on a four-game winning streak, but was interrupted by a brave show by the Awadhe couple, who returned to win 6-15, 15-9, 15-12.

In the fourth game of the draw, Kean Yew Loh of Singapore prevailed 15-12 15-14 over Subhankar Dey to put 3-0.

Ajay Jayaram then he won a comforting victory for the Warriors, beating Japanese Kazumasa Sakai 6-15 15-10 15-13 in the fifth and final game of the draw.

Earlier, in his first meeting with Zhang, Rituparna, 23, refused to be intimidated by his senior opponent while presenting a performance to remember against Awadhe Trump.

Rituparna exhibited his complete repertoire of shots and mounted his exquisite ferry placement to put Zhang in a place of trouble.

The Indian made the Awadhe ace run to every corner of the court, thus tiring out the American and then held her nerves to pull off the win in front of her roaring Pune 7 Aces team members.

I just wanted to play it safe and make sure I didn't make any mistakes. Arriving at this match after a good performance against Michelle Li, my confidence was high. I am glad I did it this time, Rituparna said after His great victory.

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