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Kiwi smashes top seed

20 Mar 06 04:02

Shelley Kitchen of New Zealand has defeated Malaysia to claim bronze in the Women's Singles. 

Shelley Kitchen of New Zealand
has defeated Malaysia to claim
bronze in the Women's Singles.

New Zealand’s Shelley Kitchen has provided a major upset, beating Malaysia's Nicol David to win bronze in the Women's Singles bronze medal match.

David started strong, scoring the game's first three points and defeating Kitchen, 9-5, in the opening game. 

Fifteenth seed Kitchen rebounded in the second game and came back after falling behind 6-4, to score five straight points and steal the game 9-6. 

The New Zealand player kept her momentum going in the third game, defeating David 9-5, and closed the match in convincing fashion 9-2.

"This was a tough game for me,” commented Kitchen after her win.

“From the very start I knew it was going to be tough but I slowly found my rhythm towards the end of the second game."

David was full of praise for the performance of her opponent.

“She always gives it her best, she played a great game," said David. "Yesterday really took it out of me and to come back and play my best was difficult."

In the Women's singles consolation plate final, Nirasha Gurgue of Sri Lanka defeated Papua New Guinea’s Eli Webb in three straight games,  9-3, 9-5, 9-2.

Australia's Rachael Grinham will face her younger sister Natalie in the Gold Medal Match.

The two girls from Toowoomba are ranked three and four in the world respectively and have played each other four times on the Women's World Tour since 2004, with Rachael defeating Natalie every time.

Natalie will be full of confidence however, having recently beaten Malaysia’s David.

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