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Commonwealth Games: Singapore win bronze in badminton mixed team event

Singapore have won the bronze medal in the badminton mixed team event at the Commonwealth Games, beating India 3-2.

SINGAPORE: Singapore secured the bronze medal in the mixed teams badminton at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow on Monday (July 28) with a 3-2 victory over India.

In the final rubber, the women's doubles, Shinta Mulia Sari and Yao Lei beat Indian pair Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa 29-27 in the second game to win the match. The tight final rubber lasted 56 minutes, with the Singapore duo passing up several match points before they finally ground down the Indians, taking a seventh match point.

After the disappointment of their five-rubber defeat to Malaysia in the semi-finals, Yao was pleased to have come away with a medal.

She said: "We kept telling ourselves not to think too much and not worry if it was match point and just play every shot properly. The semi-final was disappointing. We had the chance to win but we're happy we won a bronze medal and we've won a medal for Singapore."

Sari insisted the pair were not struggling with the tension in the lengthy second game and said: "I feel very happy because at the end of the game every point was so difficult and we were just thinking one point at a time in the last few points."

Danny Chrisnanta and Vanessa Neo got the Singapore team off to a strong start when they beat RV Gurusaidutt and Ponnappa 21-19, 21-29 in the mixed doubles.

India's Kashyap Parupalli beat Huang Chao 21-15, 22-20 in the men's singles before Chrisnanta and Chayut Triyachart restored Singapore's lead with a 21-12, 21-16 win over Akshay Dewalkar and Pranav Chopra in the men's doubles.

The tie was pulled level once again when PV Sindhu overcame Liang Xiaoyu with a 24-22, 21-13 scoreline to make it 2-2 overall.

But the Singapore women's doubles team held their nerve in the final rubber to win the bronze.

Minister of State for Culture, Community and Youth Sam Tan described the game as a "Clash of the Titans" - and not for the faint hearted. Mr Tan said both teams fought tooth and nail for every point and showcased brilliant badminton play.

"I'm very proud that Team Singapore shuttlers pressed on against the strong Indian team and finally clinched the bronze medal for Singapore in the pulsating Women's Double match played by Shinta and Yao Lei," he said. "You can't ask for more, from our gutsy players!"

Gutta feels the Indian selectors' decision not to take mixed doubles specialists to Glasgow was a key factor in them failing to win a medal.

She said: "It's a mixed team event and we were lacking in our doubles, especially our mixed doubles. We didn't bring any mixed doubles players and that really affected our team.

"Only the people who select the team can answer why so there was a lot of pressure on the two singles and on us because the whole team was depending on these three matches.

"I definitely thought it was strange from the start. It's a mixed team event. Teams have specialists and we don't. We lack in doubles and we need to focus on our paired events."

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