This season has been an up-down journey for the Delhi Acers. However, on Sunday in Koramangala Indoor Stadium Bengaluru we redeemed ourselves with a huge 5-2 win over Chennai Smashers.
Both the icon players - Mens Singles world no. 2 Jan o Jorgensen and World No. 4 Son Wan Ho pulled outstanding wins to bring the campaign back on track.
Jan-o pulled off a strong win in the opening game against the stubborn Indonesian Tommy Sugiarto. Although Jorgensen lost a close first game, the second and third games were completely dominated by the Dane. Both the players showed their class by playing some spectacular rallies. Son Wan Ho then pulled off a good 2-setter against the resurgent Parupalli Kashyap to set the ball rolling.
Ivanov and Jwala Gutta had a tough match against Chris Adcock and Rio Olympics star PV Sindhu. In the end, Ivanov’s aggression from the back of the court and Gutta’s agility at the net saw Delhi Acers through the match. More was at stake with Delhi Acers playing the Russian Men’s doubles pair of Ivanov/Sozonov as trump. The Russians brought their best to the game - with left-handed Sozonov’s delicate drops contrasting with right-handed Ivanov’s fast smashes triumphing the Chennai Men’s Doubles team of Chris Adcock and Mads Kolding. Doubles wins gave us an unassailable lead of 5-0 going into the last match of the day, PV Sindhu playing the young Tanvi Lad. This was going be one tough challenge for Tanvi Lad who played with heart with her cross-court smashes and tantalising drops. In the end, PV Sindhu closed the game giving Chennai Smashers valuable 2 points.
Overall, this huge win over Chennai Smashers means we still stand a chance of making it to the semi-finals.