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Badminton preview – 28 July

28 July 2002

England and Malaysia will meet in the grudge match of Group A today at 19.00.

Bolton Arena 2

Bolton Arena is staging the badminton

Malaysia missed out on being placed in a group as one of the top four teams, allowing them to be drawn in the same group as England. The outcome of the match is likely to decide the destination of Tuesday’s team competition gold medal.

England team manager, Finn Traer Up-Hansen and Malaysian boss Jeffrey Kintingan, will name their strongest sides with Malaysia’s coach, Park Joo-bong, attempting to plot the downfall of the team he coached in the Kuala Lumpur Games.

The rest of the semi-final line-up will be decided as crucial games also take place in Groups B, C and D.

Scotland and Australia do battle in Group B and both teams are strengthened by the acquisition of Asian players.

Chinese-born Yuan Wemyss, a women’s doubles player, represents Scotland whilst Australia will name Indonesian-born singles star Lenny Permana in their line-up.

Wales will be confident Richard Vaughan and Kelly Morgan can win the opening singles rubbers and secure them a two-match lead over Singapore, although Vaughan’s match against Ronald Susilo is worth keeping an eye on.

New Zealand, the second seeds, play India in Group D to decide who will complete the semi-final line-up.

India possess a strong singles line-up in Pullela Gopichand and Aparna Popat, both of whom won individual singles medals in the Kuala Lumpur Commonwealth Games.


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