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Wales out of badminton team competition


New Zealand and Singapore to contest badminton team semi-final.

Bolton Arena 2

Wales lost 4-1 to Singapore in the final Group C match and with it the opportunity to secure their first ever Commonwealth Games medal in the team competition.

A perfect start for the Welsh saw world No 18 Richard Vaughan win the first set against Ronald Susilo without conceding a point, but the Indonesian-born Susilo fought back to win the next three sets 7-4, 7-0, 7-3.

Ex-England internationals Neil Cottrill and Joanne Muggeridge lost the mixed doubles easily to Singaporeís Jiang Yanmei and Patrick Lau but Kelly Morgan, world No 16, kept the Welsh in the tie with a 7-0, 7-3, 7-3 win over Li LI.

Singapore won the match after the Welsh pairing of Matthew Hughes and Martyn Lewis folded against Susilo and Patrick Lau.

New Zealand beat India 3-2 in the final Group D fixture to set up a semi-final tie with Singapore.

New Zealand, relying on their doubles strength, won the opening game when Daniel Shirley and Sara Runestein-Petersen beat Thomas Sanave and Gutta Jwala 7-4, 7-4, 7-2.

As expected the Games medallists from four years ago, Pullela Gopichand and Aparna Popat, both won their singles matches to put India 2-1 up, only to see New Zealand level the tie when Shirley and John Gordon beat Gopichand and Diju Valiyaveetil.

Rhona Robertson and Tammy Jenkins sealed New Zealandís win when they beat Jwala and Shruti S Kurian 7-4 in the fifth set of the womenís doubles.

Elsewhere, Barbados finished the event with a 3-2 win over Ghana to leave the Ghanaians bottom of Group C and Mauritiusís 4-1 victory against the Seychelles left the Seychelles at the foot of Group D.

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