K2 Smashers scored a 3-1 win over Li Ning Lions in its first match of the inaugural edition of the Karnataka Badminton League at the KBA courts here on Monday.
After Prakash's straight-game win over Irshad Khan, Leela Lakshmi beat Jamuna Rani to help K2 Smashers take a 2-0 lead.
Li Ning clinched the mixed doubles event rather fluently to whittle down the lead but promising Abhishek Yeligar ensured there was no further hiccups wrapping up the tie with a come-from-behind 18-21, 21-16, 21-15 win over another young gun Sonic Prabhudesai.
The results: K2 Smashers bt Li Ning Lions 3-1 (Prakash Jolly bt Irshad Khan 21-12, 21-9; Leela Lakshmi bt Jamuna Rani 21-15, 21-15; Aswin Satheesan & Pratheeksha Ramesh lost to Abhinand Shetty & Nitya Sosale 21-11, 21-9; Abhishek Yeligar bt Sonic Prabhudesai 18-21, 21-16, 21-15).
HB Challengers bt White Peacock 3-2 (R.N Suraj lost to Aditya Prakash 10-21, 16-21; Arsheen Syeda Saadath bt Uttara Prakash 12-21, 21-13, 21-19; Sanjeeth S & Sangeetha Mari bt Srinath J.R. & Divya A 21-12, 21-9; B.S. Phalgun lost to Jagdish Yadav 13-21, 21-13, 22-20; Guruprasad D & Abhijeet Naimpally bt Dheeraj V.M & Sajith P.V 21-13, 21-16).