CWG: Srikanth leads India to badminton team event semifinals

India thrashed Mauritius 3-0 to advance to the semifinals of badminton mixed team event at Gold Coast.

Srikanth Kidambi in action at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.   -  PTI

It was another smooth cruise for India in the mixed team badminton event in the XXI Commonwealth Games at the Carrrara sports arena 2 here on Saturday. The top-ranked team took Mauritius on its stride with an easy 3-0 win and raced into the semifinals.

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The top-ranked side was given a brilliant start by the pair of Satwik Rankireddy and Chirag Chandrasekhar Shetty blowing up their rivals, Aatish Lubah and Chrsitopher Jean Paul 21-12, 21-3 in just 26 hours before the women duo of Ashwini Ponnappa and Sikki N. Reddy made it 2-0. The Indians required fewer minutes than their men team-mates as they blitzed past Aurelie Marie Elea Allet and Nick Chan-Lam 2-18, 21-7.

Kidambi Srikanth showed how good form he is in, defeating Georges Julien Paul, 21-12, 21-4 in just about 29 minutes.

In the semifinals to be held on Sunday, India will take on Singapore, which came past Australia 3-0.

The results

Mixed team (quarterfinal): India bt Mauritius 3-0 (Satwik Rankireddy/Chirag Chandrasekhar Shetty bt Aatish Lubah/Christopher Jean Paul 21-12, 21-3; Ashwini Ponnappa/Sikki N. Reddy bt Aurelie Marie Elea Allet/Nick Chan-Lam 21-8, 21-7; Kidambi Srikanth bt Georges Julien Paul 21-12, 21-14.

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