Mixed doubles the decider
It is almost show time for the PBL fans as the countdown is going into its final hours.
When we went through the teams, it was interesting to see clear match winners for the Men’s singles and Doubles and also Women’s Singles (You know who I am talking about).But the mixed doubles offered a real challenge, almost all the teams were strong in this department and had very good players.
So we thought of analyzing the teams in terms of their mixed doubles strength as it may play a very crucial part in the total points system and can have the upper hand in deciding the winners.
In the perspective of the viewers, they get to watch some amazing mixed doubles match ups.
They have possible combinations of Akshay Dewalkar and Gabriella Adcock or they can use Daksha Gautam/Aparna Balan.But they also have the option of using Koo Keat Kien and Tan Boon Heong instead of Akshay. Startegy makers of this team are going to be pretty confused.
They have a strong mixed doubles team of Joachim Fischer Nielsen, who is currently ranked number 4 in mixed doubles & and Indian doubles specialist Ashwini Ponnappa, but these two have never played together. Even though Ashwini has the experience and has played mixed doubles with Tarun Kona and Vladimir Ivanov, playing with Joachim Fischer might prove to be a real challenge and if the duo pulls it off, it will be a team to watch out for. Other possible combinations include Ashwini and Buss Sumeeth Reddy.
Christiana Pederson is the sole reason for Awadhe to be considered a strong mixed doubles team, although she was paired up with compatriot Joachim Fischer Nielsen and will be playing against him in the PBL .Her experience in Women’s Doubles also will be very useful. She will be likely paired up with Bodin Issara or Cai Yun. Hendra Gunawan can also be a possible winning combination in some tie ups.
Chris Adcock and Sikki Reddy are the most probable mixed doubles combination; this team will be the combination of the experience of Chris and the vigor and agility of Sikki Reddy. She will have to rely on her experience with Manu Attri and Pranav Jerry Chopra in the international campaigns who she will be playing against in the PBL .Other combinations include Chris Adcock and Pia Zebaidah which can be an alternative solution.
Another team with strong Mixed Doubles pair comprising of Indian ace Jwala Gutta and Markis Kido who is a doubles specialist. This team is what you could call a combination of natural doubles talent. These two players are very good at complementing one another. Jwala Gutta and Carsten Mogenson is also a possible winning combo.
Kamilla Rytter Juhl brings with her a ton of experience, attacking quality and also versatility and she will be paired up with Vladimir Ivanov. Chayut Triyachart and Kamilla Juhl is another possible option for the team owners.