CWG: Saina powers India to badminton mixed team finals

Saina Nehwal was at her ruthless best as she helped India enter badminton mixed team event finals with a 3-1 win over Singapore.

Published : Apr 08, 2018 11:37 IST , Gold Coast

Saina Nehwal won her singles match to help India beat Singapore in semis.
Saina Nehwal won her singles match to help India beat Singapore in semis.

Saina Nehwal won her singles match to help India beat Singapore in semis.

India entered the mixed team final with a comprehensive 3-1 win over Singapore in the semifinals of the XXI Commonwealth Games at the Carrara sports arena 2 here on Sunday. It was sweet revenge for the Indians four years after they were denied a medal by Singapore in Glasgow.

The two sides had met in the losers’ final four years ago after having lost to England and Malaysia in the semifinals, but in a hard-fought tie, India was defeated 3-2. This morning, there was no let up by the power-packed Indian side as it coasted to the final.

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India will take on Malaysia, a 3-0 winner over England in the second semifinal.

Singapore could only dent India's perfectly unbeaten run in the tourney. This came about when India was 2-0 up; India's mixed doubles pair of Satwik Rankireddy and Ashwini Ponnappa had won the opening tie of the rubber and K. Srikanth had registered a win in the men’s singles.

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Satwik and Ashwini proved to be in great form; they overcame the challenge from Yong Kai Terry Hee and Jia Ying Crystal Wong 22-20, 21-18 after 42 minutes of play. Srikanth was again impressive as he had the measure of Kean Yew Loh 21-17, 21-14.

Unexpected defeat

The unexpected defeat arrived in the men's doubles clash; the pair of Satwik and Chirag Chandrasekhar Shetty allowed their rivals Yong Kai Terry Hee and Danny Bawa Chrisnanta to stage a comeback and take the tie 17-21, 21-19, 21-12.

It was left to Saina Nehwal to wrap things up. This she did extremely well, displaying all her experience and craft on the court, defeating Jia Min Yeo 21-8, 21-15 in just a little over half an hour to a final berth for her country.

The results

Mixed team (semifinals): India bt Singapore 3-1 (Satwik Rankireddy/Ashwini Ponnappa bt Yong Kai Terry Hee/Jia Ying Crystal Wong 22-20, 2-18; Kidambi Srikanth bt Kean Yew Loh 21-17, 21-14;
Satwik Rankireddy/Chirag Chandrasekhar Shetty lost Ying Kai Terry Hee/Danny Bawa Chrisnanta 2-17, 19-21, 12-21; Saina Nehwal bt Jia Min Yeo 21-8, 21-5).


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