Hyderabad Strikers entered the semifinals of the Tennis Premier League with a 45-35 win against Pune Jaguars in its final league match at the Celebration Club.
Tied in joint second place with 130 points after three matches, both the teams were gunning for a big win. Hyderabad prevailed in the key clash, ending the league stage with 175 points at the top.
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While Mumbai Leon Army (167) is placed in second place, with Pune Jaguars and Chennai Stallions are tied in third place with 165. With two more matches still to be played, Gujarat Panthers (122) and Bengaluru (118)also have an outside chance of making the grade.
Chennai Stallions bt Mumbai Leon Army 44-36 (Samantha Murray Sharan bt Sowjanya Bavisetti 12-8; Siddharth Rawat bt R. Ramkumar 13-7; Purav Raja & Samantha bt Niko Poonacha & Sowjanya 13-7; Purav & Rawat lost to Ramkumar & Pooonacha 6-14).
Hyderabad Strikers bt Pune Jaguars 45-35 (Karman Kaur bt Rutuja Bhosle 12-8; Arjun Kadhe lost to Ishaque Eqbal 9-11; Vishnu Vardhan& Karman bt Saketh M. & Rutuja 12-8; Vardhan & Kadhe bt Saketh & Ishaque 12-8).
On Thursday: Bengaluru Spartans bt Pune Jaguars 41-39 (Sabina Sharipova lost to Rutuja Bhosale 8-12; Sriram Balaji bt Ishaque Iqbal 11-9; Sabina & Jeevan N. tied with Rutuja & Saketh M. 10-10; Balaji & Jeevan bt Saketh & Ishaque 12-8).
Chennai Stallions bt Hyderabad Strikers 41-39 (Samantha Murray Sharan bt Karman Kaur 13-7; Siddharth Rawat bt Arjun Kadhe 12-8; Purav Raja & Samantha lost to Vishnu Vardhan & Karman 8-12; Purav & Rawat lost to Kadhe & Vardhan 8-12).