Sat, 09 Oct 2010 09:22:22 GMT

CWG badminton: Gallant India go down to Malaysia, settle for silver

New Delhi: India went down gallantly 1-3 to badminton powerhouse and top seeds Malaysia and settled for a silver in the mixed team event at the Commonwealth Games here Friday, Saina Nehwal winning the lone match.


India began the tie, losing their mixed doubles, their top pair Jwala Gutta and V.Diju, world no. 11, to Kien Kit Koo and Ei Hui Chin 14-21, 21-10, 10-21 at a packed Siri Fort Complex.

In the men's singles, Parupalli Kashyap gave a fright to World No.1 Lee Chong Wei in the first game, before losing 18-21, 7-21.

World No.3 Saina pulled one back against Wong Mew Choo, though not before making a heavy weather of it. She prevailed 24-26, 21-17 21-14, over the World No.16 Malaysian, much to the joy of large crowd that included high profile guests, badminton legend Prakash Padukone and his daughter, film actress Deepika.

Up against World No.1 men's doubles pair Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong, India's Rupesh Kumar and Thomas Sanave gave their best shot in the second game but were beaten 12-21, 19-21.

The defeat notwithstanding, it was an inspiring performance by the Indians which fetched them a silver in the mixed team event for the first time. Four years ago in Melbourne they came back with a bronze. India's 3-0 victory against England here in the semi-final Thursday was the high point of the event.

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