Sharp Smashers was held to a 27-27 tie by Baseline Bombers, in the innovative scoring format, but the team managed to lead the table with five points from three matches in the Premier Tennis League on Tuesday.
Though Bombers won three of the five rubbers, the fact that the tie was decided on the basis of the number of games won, helped Smashers get one point.
Saketh Myneni won one of the three singles for Bombers while the team went on to bag both the mixed doubles and doubles rubbers.
Incidentally, it was the first point for the team from three matches.Natasha beats Ankita
Smashers had done well to subdue Dazzling Deuces on Monday night, with National champion Natasha Palha beating the country’s No.1 woman player, Ankita Raina in the first rubber.
Mumbai Blasters was in second place with four points from two matches.
Dazzling Deuces and Accurate Aces followed with two points from two matches each. Vibrant Volleyers has one point from two matches.
Accurate Aces made its points from the tie against Baseline Bombers on Monday night, by sweeping all the five rubbers, for a 35-17 score.
The top four of the six teams in the league will play the semifinals on Friday.
Baseline Bombers drew with Sharp Smashers 27-27 (Bhuvana Kalva lost to Natasha Palha 5-7; Saketh Myneni bt Vishnu Vardhan 7-6; Sasikumar Mukund lost to Ashwin Vijayragavan 2-7; Rupesh Roy & Prarthana Thombare bt Vijayant Malik & Sai Samhitha 7-4; Saketh & V.M. Ranjeet bt Ronak Manuja & Vishnu Vardhan 7-4).
Sharp Smashers bt Dazzling Deuces 31-26 (Natasha Palha bt Ankita Raina 7-5; Vishnu Vardhan bt Mohit Mayur 7-4; Ashwin Vijayraghavan lost to Vijay Sundar Prashant 5-7; Vijayant Malik & Sai Samhitha bt Rohan Gide & Shivika Burman 7-3; Vishnu Vardhan & Ronak Manuja lost to Ajay Selvaraj & Mohit Mayur 5-7).
Accurate Aces bt Baseline Bombers 35-17 (Rishika Sunkara bt Prarthana Thombare 7-5; Sriram Balaji bt Saketh Myneni 7-3; Mithun Murali bt V.M. Ranjeet 7-3; Kedar Shah & Sowjanya Bavisetti bt Rupesh Roy & Bhuvana Kalva 7-4; Sriram Balaji & Arun Prakash bt Saketh Myneni & Sasikumar Mukund 7-2).
Keywords: Premier Tennis League