Badminton at CWG: Defending champions India enter semifinals of mixed team event | Commonwealth Games 2022 News

BIRMINGHAM: Defending champions India cruised to a 3-0 victory over minnows South Africa to advance to the semi-finals of the mixed team competition at the Commonwealth Games here on Sunday.
India are expected to have made no mistake as they put in another professional performance against South Africa to set up a likely clash with Singapore in the last four.
Ashwini Ponnappa and B Sumeeth Reddy, who had started playing together for less than a year and had dominated the selections to qualify for the team, started the procedure with an easy 21-9 21-11 victory over Jarred Elliott and Deidre Jordaan by hand. India leads 1-0.
It was no contest as the 857th-ranked pair stared blankly at Ashwini’s booming smashes as the Indian combination took mere minutes to end its misery.
World Championship bronze medalist Lakshya Sen then seemed in complete control as he gave a badminton lesson to Caden Kakora, an opponent ranked 355th in the world.
The 20-year-old from Almora finished it 21-5 21-6, converting 16 match points with a whiplash to put India ahead 2-0.
Youngster Aakarshi Kashyap then took the field against world No. 147 Johanita Scholtz, who played some fine shots to hit double figures.
However, Kashyap was always one step ahead as she moved down the pitch and used her deception to good effect to win 21-11 21-16 as India won the match 3-0.
India next take on Singapore, who came back empty-handed from the last edition four years ago and are eager to prove their mettle this time around.
Led by world champion Loh Kean Yew, ranked 9th in the world, Singapore has quality players like world number 19 Yeo Jia Min who reached the final of the BWF World Tour last year.
Singapore’s men’s and mixed pairs are ranked 44th and 36th in the world and it will be an interesting competition even though India will be the favourites.

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