Thursday, October 07, 2010


As expected, the favourites booked their place in the quarterfinals of the team event at the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi.

Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, India, England, Canada and Scotland made it into the last eight.

In the quarterfinals tomorrow Malaysia will take on New Zealand while Singapore will battle it out against Australia with the two winners meeting in the semi finals later in the night. The other set of quarterfinals will see India play Canada while England will square up against Scotland.

The top four, Malaysia, England, Singapore and hosts India are expected to win their ties and qualify for the semifinals.

In other matches played tonight, Mauritius defeated Uganda 4-1 while Wales won all their five ties against Barbados.

India, who were given a scare in their mixed doubles match and conceded the women's doubles, defeated Scotland 4-1 to top Group D.

V.Diju/Jwala Gutta were were given a torrid time by Scotland's Imogen Bankier/Watson Briggs before prevailing 21-11,19-21,21-18. Emma Mason/Jillie Cooper won their match against Jwala Gutta/Ashwini Ponnapa on default after the Indian pair conceded in the first set with the score 4-1 in favour of the Scots.

While England registered a 4-1 win over Canada, the defeat of their women's singles player Elizabeth Cann will give them some concern as they progressed.

Elizabeth was defeated by Anna Rice in straight sets, losing 12-21,19-21 and the manner in which she went down was not something expected of a semi finalist of the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games.

Anna, who announced that she will be retiring from international competition at the end of the year, displayed splendid fighting spirit as she made Elizabeth work for every piont. Her ability to cover the court was a joy to watch.

Down 15-18 in the second set, Anna fought back to win 21-19 and was estatic after the win as it gave her confidence for the individual event.

Meanwhile Anthony Clark overcame emergency dental treatment to play his part in England's win over Canada to assure them top spot in Group C
The 33-year-old was forced to visit the private Delhi dentist between his 99th and 100th caps on Monday, and again yesterday as his teammates enjoyed a rest day.





India v Canada
Malaysia v New Zealand
England v Scotland
Singapore v Australia

Semi Finals


Bronze Medal Play Off

Gold & Silver Medal Play Off