Since the sporting action kicked off on 24 July, the Commonwealth’s best Badminton competitors have been battling it out in the Emirates Arena to reach today’s highly anticipated Mixed Team Semi-finals and tomorrow’s Finals.
Each tie consists of five matches (Men’s Singles, Women’s Singles, Men’s Doubles, Women’s Doubles and Mixed Doubles), and so far the competition has been fierce – with each nation determined to be crowned the best in the Commonwealth.
On Day 1 the Badminton Mixed Team competition kicked off with home nation Scotland comfortably wining both ties without dropping a match – with the enthusiastic home crowd cheering with a sea of blue and white flags.
India and New Zealand also both returned perfect records from their ties in the morning and evening sessions, while England saw off a spirited Northern Ireland in the afternoon without losing a match. Jersey and reigning Commonwealth champions Malaysia also made good starts to their campaign.
Day 2 saw Scotland continue to delight the spectating home-crowds, with a resounding victory over New Zealand which sent them in to the final eight. Highlights include Robert Blair and Imogen Bankier delivering some unstoppable smashes in their match against New Zealand siblings Oliver and Susannah Leydon-Davis, and Kirsty Gilmour tossing her racquet to the floor in victory in celebration of her hard-fought win over New Zealand’s Michelle Chan.
Other highlights of the day included Canada beating Australia 3-2 to book its place in the Quarter-finals, Guernsey recording its first win of the event by edging Seychelles 3-2, and Wales bowing out with a 5-0 defeat from the Falkland Islands. Earlier in the day India had booked their place in the Quarter-finals by beating Uganda 5-0.
Sri Lanka sneaked into the quarter-finals of the Badminton mixed team event at Emirates Arena despite suffering a 5-0 reverse to Malaysia in its final tie in the morning session.
The other team to qualify for the mixed team last eight as one of two group runner-ups was Australia, and it and Sri Lanka joined group winners Canada, England, India, Malaysia, Scotland and Singapore in the hat.
Jamaica played South Africa in Saturday's morning session with both teams holding hopes of making it through. Jamaica needed to win the tie 5-0 while dropping only one game, and South Africa needed a flawless performance to stand any chance. South Africa beat Jamaica 3-2 overall to end both sides' hopes.
In other morning session matches, England cemented its place at the top of group F with a 5-0 shutout of Mauritius, Singapore beat Norfolk Island 5-0, Jersey beat Northern Ireland 5-0 and Malaysia beat Sri Lanka 5-0.
The most thrilling match was between GOH Wei Shem/TAN Wee Kiong and Niluka Karunaratne/Dinuka Karunaratna, which ended 21-17, 21-19.
The quarter-final draw pits favourites Malaysia against Scotland. Singapore will face Australia, Canada takes on India and Sri Lanka meets England.
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