Monday, October 11, 2010

NZ men break into badminton quarterfinals


Just two New Zealand doubles combinations remain alive at the Commonwealth Games after booking quarterfinal berths today.
Straight set wins for men Henry Tam and Oliver Leydon-Davis and women Donna Haliday and Danielle Barry takes them through to last-eighth matches tonight.
Tam and Leydon-Davis were untroubled in beating Barbados combination Dakeil Thorpe and Nicolas Reifer 21-8 21-14 but that was to change tonight, when they are drawn to face the world No 1 ranked men's doubles pair of Kien Keat Koo and Boon Heong Tan, of Malaysia.
Fourth seeds Haliday and Barry have a more winnable match, against Australians He Tian Tang and Kate Wilson-Smith after they accounted for Guernsey's Elena Johnson and Gayle Lloyd 21-13 21-15 in 20 minutes.
The three other New Zealand hopefuls were eliminated today.
In the women's singles, Michelle Chan lost her third-round match 21-11 21-9 to Scottish third seed Susan Egelstaff before Anna Rankin also exited, beaten 21-14 21-13 by England's Liz Cann.
Scotland inflicted more pain on the New Zealanders when mixed duo Tam and Haliday succumbed in a 39-minute struggle 18-21 21-6 21-17 to Watson Briggs and Imogen Bankier.

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