Chennai Smashers qualify for PBL semis

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The mixed doubles pair of Chris and Gabriella Adock along with Tommy Sugiarto led Chennai Smashers into the semifinals of the Premier Badminton League, winning crucial matches against Mumbai Rockets in a 4-1 win in Bengaluru on Tuesday.

Chennai are placed third with 14 points and still have a chance to end second at the end of the league stage.

The Adocks defeated Chirag Shetty and Nadiezda Zieba of Mumbai 9-11 11-2 11-7 and Tommy Sugioarto defeated Ajay Jayaram 8-11 11-2 11-5.

Earlier, H S Prannoy gave Mumbai a perfect start. He continued his unbeaten streak in the tournament by defeating P Kashyap 11-9 13-11.

In the inconsequential fifth match, Olympic silver medallist P V Sindhu won 11-8 12-10 against Sung Ji Hyun