Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Text by Dev Sukumar | Badmintonphoto
Scotland topped Level 2 Group A with their third win in as many ties – defeating Sweden 3-2 at the Li Ning BWF Sudirman Cup this evening.
Russia finished second in the same group with a 4-1 defeat of USA. In Level 3 Group B, Australia got past Switzerland 3-2, while Lithuania were comfortable winners over Kazakhstan 4-1.
Scotland were briefly troubled by Sweden. After the Scots went 1-0 up with a Mixed Doubles win – Robert Blair/Imogen Bankier beating Nico Ruponen/Amanda Hogstrom 21-16 21-16 – Sweden fought back to make it one-all in Men’s Singles, thanks to Gabriel Ulldahl’s 21-10 21-16 victory over Kieran Merrilees. However, Scotland reasserted their dominance in the next two matches, sealing the tie 3-1. Kirsty Gilmour took 29 minutes to wallop Ellinor Widh 21-16 21-9, and then Blair (featured image) returned to partner Paul Van Rietvelde in Men’s Doubles. Blair/Rietvelde were too good for Patrik Lundqvist/Jonathan Nordh in a 21-19 21-16 result.
Sweden reduced the margin of defeat when Emelie Lennartson/Amanda Hogstrom won the Women’s Doubles over Kirsty Gilmour/Jillie Cooper 21-14 21-16.
Russia were expected to beat USA and they did so without fuss. They eased to a 4-0 lead before USA got a consolation win in Women’s Doubles – Eva Lee and Paula Lynn Obanana beating Tatjana Bibik/Anastasia Chervaykova 21-12 21-16.
The Australia-Switzerland tie in Group B (Level 3) was well contested, with the first two matches going to three games. Glenn Warfe/Raymond Tam (below) blew three match points in the second game, but eventually conquered Florian Schmid/Gilles Tripet 21-15 20-22 21-13 in Men’s Doubles.
Sabrina Jaquet levelled for Switzerland with a hard-fought verdict over Verdet Kessler, but Australia won the tie by taking the next two matches. Ashwant Gobinathan outplayed Nicolas Blondel (Men’s Singles) 21-19 21-15, and Jacqueline Guan/Gronya Somerville confirmed Australia’s victory, 21-10 21-14 over Ayla Huser/Tiffany Zaugg (Women’s Doubles). Switzerland won the inconsequential Mixed Doubles to reduce the margin.
* For Li-Ning BWF Sudirman Cup 2013 schedule and results, click here.