Young Falcons have wings clipped in Badminton Team Event

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Zoe Lorenzin for Commonwealth Games Australia

 

The Australian Falcons have fought valiantly against highly experienced squads but have seen the squad’s mixed team event come to an end.

 

It was a mixed bag of results for the Australian Badminton Team on Day 2 of the competition, defeating Pakistan in the morning before succumbing to a ruthless India later in the evening.

Kicking off the morning action on the show court, the Mixed Doubles pair of Jack Yu and Kaitlin Ea were quick to secure the first win of the day, defeating their Pakistan counterparts Murad Ali and Ghazala Siddique 2 – 0.

“It felt really big but seeing all the people made it exciting… I was a bit nervous as well,” said Ea.

“It is a good practice for our individual campaign next week.”

Jacob Schueler fell 0 – 2 to Pakistan’s Muhammad Irfan Saeed Bhatti in the Men’s Singles competition, while Tiffany Ho’s tenacity wasn’t quite enough to see her over the line against Mahoor Shahzad, succumbing 0 – 2.

It was the vibrant and dynamic energy of Tran Hoang Pham and Yu, partnered together in the Men’s Doubles, that changed the tide for the Aussies, netting a decisive 2 – 0 victory over Ali and Bhatti.

“I’m feeling more comfortable in this environment, I quite like playing on such a big stage and I like the applause going on around me,” said Yu.

Ea and Angela Yu, who finished off the round in the Women’s Doubles, wasted little time in locking in the win for Australia, dominating the court with their presence and handily defeating Shahzad and Siddique, 2 – 0.

However, Australia’s Mixed Team campaign came to an end this evening as they fell to the defending champions and top seeds, India, in the final Group A match.

Round 3 saw India set the tone early with a decisive win in the Men’s Singles, Srikanth Nammalwar Kidambi defeating Ying Xiang Lin 2 – 0 while Srikanth Nammalwar Kidambi also defeated Ying Xiang Lin 2 – 0.

India continued to control the game heading into the double’s events, as they claimed both the Men’s Doubles and Mixed Doubles 2- 0 each.

Australia’s sole victory for the night came in the Women’s Doubles, seeing Hsuan-Yu Wendy Chen and Gronya Somerville secure a 2 – 0 win over Treesa Jolly and Gayatri Gopichand Pullela.

Overall, the team’s results of one win and two losses (to Sri Lanka and India) leaves Australia in third position of Group A, unable to qualify for the knockout rounds.

All ten players from the Australian team will return to action from Wednesday 3 August as the individual events get underway.

 

Mixed Team – Round 2 Results

Australia v Pakistan

Mixed Doubles

Jack Yu & Kaitlin Ea v Murad Ali & Ghazala Siddique

2 – 0 (21 – 17; 21 – 17)

Men’s Singles

Jacob Schueler v Muhammad Irfan Saeed Bhatti

0 – 2 (18 – 21; 16 – 21)

Women’s Singles

Tiffany Ho v Mahoor Shahzad

0 – 2 (18 – 21; 19 – 21)

Men’s Doubles

Tran Hoang Pham & Jack Yu v Murad Ali & Muhammad Irfan Saeed Bhatti

2 – 0 (21 – 11; 21 – 19)

Women’s Doubles

Kaitlin Ea & Angela Yu v Mahoor Shahzad & Ghazala Siddique

2 – 0 (21 – 11; 21 – 6)

 

Mixed Team – Round 3 Results

India v Australia

rMen’s Singles

Srikanth Nammalwar Kidambi v Ying Xiang Lin

2 – 0 (21 – 14; 21 – 13)

Women’s Singles

Venkata Sindhu Pusarla v Hsuan-Yu Wendy Chen

2 – 0 (21 – 10; 21 – 12)

Men’s Doubles

B.sumeeth Reddy & Chirag Chandrashekhar Shetty v Tran Hoang Pham & Jack Yu

2 – 0 (21 – 16; 21 – 19)

Women’s Doubles

Treesa Jolly & Gayatri Gopichand Pullela v Hsuan-Yu Wendy Chen / Gronya Somerville

0 – 2 (13 – 12; 19 – 21)

Mixed Doubles

B.sumeeth Reddy & Machimanda Ponnappa v Ying Xiang Lin & Gronya Somerville

2 – 0 (21 – 14; 21 – 11)

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