Aussies advance in Games badminton

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Steve Jancetic / AAP News

Gronya Somerville and Hsuan-Yu Wendy Chen hope they are just days away from executing a plan seven months in the making.

Australia’s women’s doubles badminton combination moved effortlessly through to the quarter-finals at the Commonwealth Games, dropping just 16 points in a 2-0 win over Guernsey pair Elena Johnson and Chloe le Tissier.

Two more wins will secure a Games medal, which was the sole intention behind the two deciding to get together last December

“We’re definitely after a medal. I missed out last Games coming fourth so I’m really keen to get one here,” Somerville said.

“What’s served us well so far in our young partnership is enjoying the match and coming into it with a bit less pressure and not being so serious.

“We want to win it, but we’re not putting that pressure on ourselves.”

What pressure the two do face is finding the time and money to pursue their badminton careers. Both are studying fulltime, and admit fear over what impact the impending prospect of moving to fulltime employment could have on their ability to continue in the sport.

Chen is also through to the last eight of the women’s singles after a 2-0 win over Jamaican Tahlia Richardson, while there are two remaining hopes through to the last eight of the men’s doubles.

Tran Hoang Pham and Jack Yu, who have a 21-year age gap between them, had little trouble in beating Jamaicans Joel Angus and Samuel Ricketts.

In the late contest on Friday night, Jacob Schueler and Nathan Tang were too good for Malta’s Matthew Abela and Samuel Cassar.

In different sides of the draw, the two Australian combinations can not clash before the medal rounds.

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