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Badminton: Malaysia celebrate Commonwealth Games team hat-trick

Malaysia celebrate a third successive gold medal in the Commonwealth Games mixed team event. Photo: BWF / Badmintonphoto & Shi Tang.

Malaysia celebrate a third successive gold medal in the Commonwealth Games mixed team event, after beating England 3-1 in Monday’s final in Glasgow. Photo: BWF / Badmintonphoto & Shi Tang.

July 29, 2014: Malaysia celebrated a third straight Commonwealth Games mixed team title on Monday after beating crowd favourites England 3-1 at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow. Singapore earlier made history by winning their first mixed team medal after edging India 3-2 in the bronze-medal playoff.

 

Malaysia had to come from behind after Chris and Gabrielle Adcock beat Chan Peng Soon and 21-year-old Lai Pei Jing 21-14, 28-26 in a tense mixed doubles encounter.

 

In Lee Chong Wei’s absence, Chong Wei Feng helped Malaysia draw level when the left-hander held his nerve in a dramatic men’s singles contest, beating Rajiv Ouseph 21-17, 19-21, 21-19.

 

Malaysia beat England 3-1 to win the mixed team title in Glasgow, despite Chan Peng Soon (left) and Lai Pei Jing losing to Chris and Gabrielle Adcock in the mixed doubles. Photo: AFP.

Chan Peng Soon (left) and Lai Pei Jing lost to Chris and Gabrielle Adcock in the final’s opening tie. Photo: AFP.

Tan Wee Kiong and Goh V Shem, who have each played with other partners in recent times, paired up beat Adcock and Andrew Ellis 21-19, 21-17 in the men’s doubles, which set the stage for the women’s singles encounter between Malaysia’s Tee Jing Yi and Sarah Walker.

 

Tee, ranked World No. 33 to Walker’s 75, asserted her dominance from the outset and never allowed the England player into the match, winning 21-16 21-17 to ensure Malaysia retained the title.

 

Malaysia had earlier cruised through Group A with 5-0 wins over Barbados and Sri Lanka before beating Scotland 3-1 in the quarter-finals and digging deep to edge neighbours Singapore 3-2 in the semis.

 

Singapore then prevailed in a rollercoaster bronze medal playoff against India. Danny Bawa Chrisnanta and Vanessa Neo put Singapore ahead when they beat Guru Sai Dutt and Ashwini Ponnappa 21-19, 21-19 in the mixed, while Kashyap Parupalli brought India level by seeing off Chao Huang 21-15, 22-20 in the men’s singles.

 

Singapore celebrate a first ever medal in the Commonwealth Games mixed team event. Photo: BWF / Badmintonphoto & Shi Tang.

Singapore celebrate a first ever medal in the mixed team event. Photo: BWF / Badmintonphoto & Shi Tang.

However, Singapore continued to hold the edge in the pairs. Chrisnanta once again stepped up to the task as he teamed up with Chayut Triyachart to overcome Pranaav Chopra and Akshay Dewalkar 21-12, 21-16 in the men’s doubles.

 

World No. 11 PV Sindhu was tested by Liang Xiaoyu in the women’s singles, but the tall teenager prevailed 24-22, 21-13 to make it 2-2 in the match and set up the decider between Singapore’s Yao Lei and Shinta Mulia Sari and India’s Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa.

 

Four years ago the Indians had overcome the Singapore pair for the Commonwealth Games gold medal in the women’s doubles competition, but this time it was Singapore’s turn to enjoy success, as Yao and Sari eventually clinched a nerve-wracking second game to win 21-17, 29-27 and secure third place.

 

The mixed team is the first badminton event at the Commonwealth Games and will be followed by men’s and women’s singles, men’s and women’s doubles, and mixed doubles.

 

Source: BWF (www.bwfbadminton.org); Editing by SportAsia

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