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Commonwealth Games 2018: Badminton Mixed Team enter QF

Commonwealth Games 2018: Badminton Mixed Team enter QF

Sounak Mullick

Published: 6 April 2018 10:53 AM GMT
Indian badminton contingent make merry at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games as they outclassed Scotland in the group stage of the Mixed Team event to make an entry into the quarterfinals in a grand manner. Saina Nehwal had no hiccups in getting past Scotland's Julie Macpherson, handing her a 2-0 defeat. The Queen of Indian Badminton won the first game 21-14 and the second with scores of 21-14 to seal the tie. ALSO READ: Commonwealth Games 2018: Joshna in quarters, Dipika falls In the Men's singles match, Kidambi Srikanth also cruised to a victory over Kieren Merrilees to give India a 2-0 lead overall. The first game was pretty evenly poised with the Scottish player giving Srikanth a real run for the money. But in the end, India's ace shuttler held his nerves to win the game 21-18. The second game was a lopsided affair, the bot from Tamil Nadu storming past his opponent 21-2! Ashwini Ponnappa and Niki Reddy paired up in the Women's doubles game to face-off the Scottish pair of Kirsty Gilmour and Eleanor O'Donnell. The Indian pair was too clinical in their performance winning the first game 21-8 and 21-2 in the second to ensure India wins the match. [embed]https://twitter.com/TheBridge_IN/status/982148696199450624[/embed] Satwik Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty had no problems in seeing of Patrik Machugh and Adam Hall with scores of 21-16, 21-19 in the Men's doubles. Meanwhile, Pranav Chopra and Sikki Reddy completed the formalities winning the mixed doubles match 21-17, 21-15 over Martin Campbell and Julie Macpherson. India will now play their quarterfinals on Day 3 of the Games. Indian shuttlers have had an extraordinary opening day at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, with the Mixed Team winning both of their respective fixtures without losing a match. They had blanked neighbours Sri-Lanka and Pakistan 5-0 each to almost ensure their entry into the next round. The win over Scotland was an icing on the cake! Team India has had an extraordinary opening two days of the mega event, winning two Gold medals and a Silver. Although, Weightlifting has fetched all the medals so far, athletes from other disciplines are also making strides towards success. With plenty of action still remaining in the day, we are hopeful of winning medals in the coming few days!
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