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Good start for shuttlers; up against Canada in quarters

india Updated: Oct 07, 2010 00:06 IST
Abhijeet Kulkarni
Abhijeet Kulkarni
Hindustan Times
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The Siri Fort badminton complex was nowhere near full-capacity on Wednesday when the Indian team took the court for the evening session. But the vociferous crowd managed to give India's possible semifinal opponents, England, an insight into the hostility they could encounter on Thursday in the mixed team championship.

The second seeds came on top from the league stage, beating Wales 5-0 and Scotland 4-1 and will face Canada in the quarterfinals on Thursday.

Though Canada came up with a fighting display against England in their last group encounter, India should take their designated spot in the last four. However, coach,

Pullela Gopi Chand, would want to utilise the quarterfinal encounter to iron out a few problems if India are to entertain any hopes of going one up on their bronze medal winning performance in 2006. On Wednesday, the mixed doubles pair of Jwala Gutta and V Diju were almost humiliation against Watson Briggs and Imogen Bankier of Scotland before pulling out a 21-11; 19-21, 21-18 win. P Kashyap and Saina Nehwal then wrapped up the issue. India conceded their last rubber, the women's doubles as they wanted to give Gutta some rest.

Against England, only Saina Nehwal's singles rubber is a certainty and given Chetan Anand's susceptible form, Gopi Chand may be tempted to field Kashyap in singles against the in form Rajiv Ouseph.

Tricky draw for Jwala-Diju

The re-draw for the individual mixed doubles event has thrown a tricky challenge for second seed Jwala and V Diju. In the initial draw, the Indian pair was not expected to meet any pair from England, Malaysia or Singapore till the semis. But the new draw could put them face to face against Malaysia's Kien Keat Koo and Eei Hui Chin.

The re-draw was conducted since the top two England pairs were in the same half in the initial draw. Quarterfinal line up: Malaysia vs New Zealand; Singapore vs Australia; England vs Scotland; India vs Canada.