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Unseeded Singapore serves out England

22 Mar 06 21:54
Gold medal favourite Chong Wei Lee from Malaysia.

Gold medal favourite Chong Wei Lee from Malaysia.

The Mixed Doubles action ended with an upset yesterday when No. 4 seeds England’s Anthony Clarke and Donna Kellogg were defeated by unseeded Singaporeans Hendra Wijaya and Fan Frances Liu 20-22 19-21 in a gripping point-by-point struggle.

In Men's Singles, New Zealand’s Geoff Bellingham began his quest for a medal with an easy win over Jersey’s Gavin Carter 21-8 21-8.

No.1 seed and hot favourite for the gold medal Malaysia’s Wei Lee Chong easily disposed of South African Dorian James 21-7 21-6.

Indian Anup Sridhar, a bronze medallist in the Mixed Team event, easily accounted for Wale’s Jonathon Morgan 21-11 21-2.

Malaysian Choong Hann Wong overcame the pressure of a parochial crowd to beat Australia’s Stuart Brehaut 21-8 21-5.

In the Women's Singles, the top seeds were untroubled with only two three-game matches being played.

New Zealand’s Rebecca Bellingham played the best match of the Women's Singles session before losing to Scottish Susan Hughes 19-21 21-19 18-21.

Australia’s Tania Luiz beat Fiji’s Karyn Whiteside 21-17 17-21 21-10.

In front of a partisan Australian crowd, Whiteside played some good rallies and clinched the second game before succumbing to Luiz’s superior game.

No. 1 seed Tracey Hallam, from England and No. 2 seed Malaysia’s Mew Choo Wong progressed easily while No. 5 seed New Zealand’s Rachael Hindley had a walkover.

Day eight promises to be a hectic schedule of competition, with the Men’s Doubles, Men’s Singles, Women’s Doubles, Women’s Singles and Mixed Doubles all on show.

The Men's Doubles Round of 16 gets underway at 9am today. In what could prove to be the match of the day, Canadians Michael Beres and William Milroy will play Malaysians Tan Fook Choong and Choong Hann Wong.

In the Women's Doubles Round of 16, New Zealand's Rachael Hindley and Rebecca Bellingham will have a task tough when they take on the Malaysian No. 1 seeds Eei Hui Chin and Pei Tty Wong.

India's un-seeded but well-credentialed pair of Saina Newhal and Trupti Murgunde should give the No. 3 seeds England's Ella Tripp and Joanne Nicholas a tough match.

Malayisan No.1 seed Choong Wei Lee will play Canadian Philippe Bourret in the Men's Singles Round of 16 and should progress untroubled into the Quarter Finals.

Two must-see matches will be New Zealand's Geoff Bellingham up against Indian Anup Sridhar, and Singapore’s Hendra Wijaya’s game against New Zealand No. 8 seed John Moody.

In the Women's Singles Round of 16, England No. 1 seed Tracey Hallam will be expected to account for her Welsh opponent, Kelly Morgan. Australia's Tania Luiz can expect a much tougher match against New Zealand’s Rachael Hendley as can Scotland's Susan Hughes, when she clashes with India’s Trupti Murgunde.

- Games News Service

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