Earlier, the reigning world champion Sindhu brought on her A-game to defeat her younger compatriot, Shriyanshi Pardeshi 15-5, 15-10.
Sindhu had come to this match on a two-match losing streak, having suffered a reversal of fortunes at the hands of Michelle Li and Tai Tzu Ying. This time the Hunters Trump made no mistake in a clinical display against the youngster.
Azhar in the crowd
The first game was a completely one-way traffic as Pardeshi found it difficult to counter the pace and power of the Hunters ace.
In the second game, however, the Mumbai player was able to give a better account of herself. By speeding up the shuttle, she was able to put an end to Sindhu's domination. As Sindhu fumbled at the net, Pardeshi was just two points away from the world No. 6, who had former Indian cricket captain Mohammad Azharuddin among the supporters, at 9-11 before the Hyderabad shuttler stopped her momentum and wrapped up the match.
Earlier, 2014 Commonwealth Games champion Parupalli Kashyap won his first match of the season after tasting a defeat in four consecutive ties. The Mumbai ace has a 3-2 head-to-head record against World No. 42 Daren Liew on the BWF World Tour and he brought all that conviction against Malaysian whom he last beat at the Korea Open in November. Showing all his rhythm and range, the Mumbai Trump was able to register a quickfire 15-8, 15-13 win.
In men's doubles, Kim Sa Rang and Kim Gi Jung of Mumbai easily beat Hyderabad's Ben Lane and Vladimir Ivanov 15-10, 15-8.
With the two teams sharing the first four matches, it was all down to the mixed doubles rubber where Sikki Reddy and Vladimir Ivanov teamed up for the hosts against Kim Sa Rang and Pia Zebadiah of Mumbai.
Raining their smashes, the home pair grabbed a 15-8, 15-8 win to seal the tie for Hyderabad Hunters.