Mixed fortunes for Singapore, Saina ruthless

Singapore had a mixed day at the pre-quarterfinal stage of the individual events of the Commonwealth Games at the Siri Fort Stadium in New Delhi this morning.

In the women’s singles, Singapore’s Fu Mingtian and Xing Aiying were shown the exit.

Fu, the seventh seed, lost to Huang Chia Chi of Australia, 21-15, 21-19, while Xing, who was the eighth seed, was shown the exit by Michelle Li of Canada, losing 23-21, 21-12. However, Singapore have representatives in the last eight of the men’s singles, men’s doubles and women’s doubles.

Saina Nehwal of India was ruthless in her 21-0, 21-2 win over Caroline Black of Northern Ireland.

“I guess my opponent was too nervous. I was smiling at her so that she would get comfortable but she just never got into the match. In fact I wanted to play longer rallies and gave her chances to get points,” said Saina.

In the mixed doubles, Scotland’s Watson Briggs/Imogen Bankier sprung a surprise as they sent New Zealand’s eighth seeds, Henry Tam/Donna Haliday packing, winning 18-21, 21-6, 21-17.

England’s Rajiv Ouseph too was taken to the brink by Sri Lanka’s Niluka Karunaratne before winning 21-5, 12-21, 21-18.

“He gave all he had and was all over the court. It was a difficult match and I have to recover fast as the quarters are later today. It will not be easy and I know that I have to be at my best from now on,” said Ouseph.

World number one and top seed, Lee Chong Wei had no trouble disposing off the challenge posed by Zimbabwe’s Juma Muwowo winning 21-9, 21-9.

In the women’s doubles, second seeds Jwala Gutta/Ashwini Ponnappa of India were in trouble when they lost their first game to Malaysia’s unheralded Chin Ee Hui/ Woon Khe Wei 15-21.

With the vociferous crowd urging them on each step of the way, the Indians recovered to take the next two games 21-10, 21-16 to move into the last eight.

“We did not have the right rhythm in the first set and I am happy with the end result though. As the match progressed we started improving and that was the key to this win,” said Gutta.

The quarterfinal matches will commence at 1800H on Monday with the semis scheduled for 1800H on Tuesday with the gold medals being decided on 1000H on Thursday, the last day of the Commonwealth Games.

Quarterfinal Match Up

Men’s Singles
Lee Chong Wei (MAS) v Ashton Chen Yong Zhao (SIN)
Chetan Anand (IND) v Carl Baxter (ENG)
P. Kashyap (IND) v Muhd Hafiz Hashim (MAS)
Derek Wong (SIN) v Rajiv Ouseph (IND)

Women’s Singles
Saina Nehwal (IND) v Anna Rice (CAN)
Susan Egelstaff (SCO) v Huang Chia Chi (AUS)
Michelle Li (CAN) v Elizabeth Cann (ENG)
Wong Mew Choo (MAS) v Adit Mutatkar (IND)

Mixed Doubles
Anthony Clark/Heather Olver (ENG) v Chayut Triyachart/Yao Lei (SIN)
Koo Kien Keat/Chin Ee Hui (MAS) v Jwala Gutta/V.Diju (IND)
Nathan Robertson/Jenny Wallwork (ENG) v Watson Briggs/Imogen Bankier (SCO)
Chan Peng Soon/Goh Liu Ying (MAS) v Chris Addock/Gabrielle White (ENG)

Men’s Doubles
Koo Kien Keat/Tan Boon Heong (MAS) v Oliver Leydon Davis/Henry Tam (NZL)
Hendra Wijaya/Hendri Kurniawan (SIN) v Watson Briggs/Paul van Rietvelde (SCO)
Chayut Triyachart/Derek Wong (SIN) v Rupesh Kumar/Thomas Sanave (IND)
Anthony Clark/Nathan Robertson  (ENG) v Muhd Hafiz Hashim/Chan Peng Soon (MAS)

Women’s Doubles
Sari Shinta Mulia/Yao Lei (SIN) v Leanne Choo/Renuga Veeran (AUS)
Jenny Wallwork/Gabrielle White (ENG) v Lydia Cheah/Goh Liu Ying (MAS)
Danielle Barry/Donna Haliday (ENG) v Kate Wilson Smith/He Tang Tien (AUS)
Jwala Gutta/Ashwini Ponnappa (IND) v Mariana Agathangelou/Olver Heather (ENG)

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