Easy day for big guns

There were no upsets in the opening day of the individual events of badminton at the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi.

Both the seeded players in men’s singles who were in action today, P. Kashyap of India, who is seeded sixth and Carl Baxter of England, negotiated their way safely into the second round.

Kashyap made short work of Michael Brownlee of Falkland Islands, winning 21-8, 21-3 and will meet Charles Pyne of Jamaica who beat Joe Wu of New Zealand 21-18, 21-18.

Baxter, who is the fifth seed, beat Wilson Tukire of Uganda and will face Edicha Ocholi of Nigeria. Ocholi got the better of S. Nyarko from Ghana in the opening round with a 21-19, 17-21, 21-10 score line.

In the women’s singles, Karen Foo Kune of Mauritius, who defeated Laura Minto of Falkland Islands 21-2, 21-6, will now face No 2 seed Wong Mew Choo of Malaysia in the second round.

Another Malaysian player, Lydia Cheah also made it to the second round at the expense of Allisen Camille of Seychelles, winning 21-6, 21-6.

Lydia will take on Scotland’s Susan Egelstaff, who is the third seed in the next round and it will be an interesting match given that Susan has not been playing that well, as evident in the mixed team matches.

In the mixed doubles, Singapore’s Hendra Wijaya/Sari Shinta Mulia made it to the second round after they beat Nicholas Colin Reifer/Mariama Eastmond from Barbados 21-5,21-6. They were joined by their counterparts H. Saputra/Yu Neo who beat Nicholas Kidd/Kate Wilson Smith from Australia 21-15, 21-14.

Malaysia’s scratch pair of Koo Kien Keat/Chin Ee Hui had an easy opening round as they defeated Saheer Ramrakha/Karen Foo Kune of Mauritius 21-10, 21-6.

The men and women’s doubles will only see action on Sunday.

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