England bag bronze
England made up for their disappointment of their semi-final loss against India by winning the bronze medal of the team event at the Siri Fort Stadium in New Delhi on Friday.
England, rather tamely, lost 3-0 to India last night but showed resilience by defeating Singapore 3-1.
“We are pleased to win the bronze considering the fact that we have a young team. This somewhat makes up for our defeat in the semis. A medal in the Commonwealth Games augurs well for the development of badminton and we have to build from this,” said team manager Andy Wood.
In the mixed doubles, England’s Nathan Robertson/Jenny Wallwork displayed much better performance compared to their semis match against India to run out 21-13, 21- 15 winners over Singapore’s Triyachart Chayut/Yao Lei to put their team 1-0 ahead.
It was the men’s singles that turned the tide in favour of the English as Rajiv Ouseph played very well to defeat Derek Wong 21-15, 21-17.
Ouseph showed good court craftsmanship to deny Derek any chance of using his smashes, often keeping the shuttle low and opting to let his opponent make the mistakes.
Based on current form, Derek should have beaten Ouseph, but perhaps he overdid himself in the energy sapping semis clash against the World Number 1 Lee Chong Wei in Thursday’s tie, and ran out of steam against Ouseph.
Elizabeth Cann however failed to get the better of Xing Aiying in the women’s singles, going down 14- 21, 12-21 and Singapore were back in the hunt, reducing the deficit to 1-2.
Any hopes Singapore had of forcing the tie into the final match were dashed as Anthony Clark/Nathan Robertson disposed off the challenge posed by Triyachart Chayut/Hendra Wijaya in the men’s doubles, winning 21-12, 21-11 and handing the bronze to England.