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Badminton preview - 3 August


Richard Vaughan of Wales stands in the way of an all-Malaysian menís singles final when he takes on Lee Tsueng Seng.

Richard Vaughn

Richard Vaughan of Wales will be playing Lee Tseung Seng in the first men's semi-final

Lee Tsueng Seng, who is ranked at number 11, will play Vaughan in the first of the menís semi-finals today.

Top seed and defending Commonwealth champion Wong Choong Hann also of Malaysia plays compatriot Muhammad Hashim for the second place in the final.

Malaysia dominates the draw across all competitions at this stage Ė nine out of the 20 places in the semi-finals are occupied by Malaysians.

The womenís singles draw is now without three of the top four seeds. Tracey Hallam of England ,the number 3 seed, is the only survivor.

She will play Indian Aparna Popat in the top-half of the draw. In the bottom-half world number 43 Li Li of Singapore meets the world number 66 NG Mee Fen of Malaysia.

Top-seeds Chew Choon Eng and Chan Chong Ming, both of Malaysia, look good for the menís doubles title and play Englandís James Anderson and Simon Archer on 3 August..

In another Malaysia versus England menís doubles tie, Choong Tan Fook and Chan Kim Wai will fight it out with Anthony Clark and Nathan Robertson for a place in the final.

In the top-half of the womenís doubles, Malaysiaís second pairing of Chin Eei Hui and Wong Pei Tty meet Sara Runesten-Petersen and Nicole Gordon of New Zealand. All four women are competing at their first Commonwealth Games and nerves may play a part with a place in the final up for grabs.

Awaiting the winners in the final will be Ang Li Peng and Lim Pek Siah of Malayasia or Englandís Jo Goode and Gail Emms.

Goode won gold in the womenís doubles at the last Games in Kuala Lumpur with Donna Kellogg beating Lim Pek Siah and Limís partner Chor Hoi Yee in the final.

In the mixed doubles semis, Sydney Olympic bronze medallists Archer and Goode are favourites to win gold after Chew and Chin beat top seeds Robertson and Emms.

Chew and Chin now compete with Clark and 34-year-old Sara Sankey of England for a final place, whilst Archer and Goode take on New Zealanders Runesten-Petersen and Daniel Shirley.

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