Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Frustration boils over for Aussie badminton duo

Australia's He Tian Tang and Kate Wilson-Smith have been relegated to scrapping for Commonwealth Games bronze after losing their women's doubles semi-final in an entertaining three-game encounter.
The duo came out firing against the No.2 seeds, India's Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Machimanda to take the first game, but stumbled as the pressure began to take its toll.
With India spurred on by a vociferous local crowd, the Australian veterans finally relented, losing 12-21 21-13 21-11 at the Siri Fort Sports Complex on Tuesday.
Tian Tang and Wilson-Smith, who are the last remaining Aussies in the competition, have one more chance to bring home a medal and end a 12-year Commonwealth Games drought for Australian badminton.
Wilson-Smith said the loss would take some figuring out but she was confident the pair would be able to refocus in time for the bronze medal play-off.
Asked where their Indian rivals had them beat, the obviously frustrated four-time Games veteran replied: "Sorry, you're not asking me anything I can talk about.
"I don't know yet, we only just lost.

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