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Second consecutive win for shuttlers

The group stage in the mixed team championship is being treated by the top four teams as an opportunity to acclimatise to the courts and dust before the knock-outs. HT reports

india Updated: Oct 05, 2010 23:59 IST
HT Correspondent

The group stage in the mixed team championship is being treated by the top four teams as an opportunity to acclimatise to the courts and dust before the knock-outs.

Keeping up with that philosophy, India fielded P Kashyap instead of Chetan Anand in the men's singles against Barbados. The Pullela Gopi Chand Academy trainee was the only one to concede more than 10 points in a game as the hosts routed the Caribbean nation 5-0 in their second Group D encounter.

"I needed some time to adjust to the light in the court in the opening game but thereafter it was easy,” said Kashyap, who thrashed Nicholas Reifer 21-14, 21-6 to extend India’s lead.

The mixed doubles combination of Jwala Gutta and V Diju had opened the proceedings with a 21-8, 21-8 rout of Dakeil Thorpe and Shari Watson. Saina Nehwal then wrapped up the tie and the doubles combinations were left to complete the formality.

BWF conducts re-draw for mixed doubles

The Badminton World Federation conducted a re-draw for the mixed doubles event on Tuesday after officials noticed that two top English teams were in the same half, which was against with regulations. Tournament regulations provide for country exemption in the draw to ensure that the top two combinations from the same team do not clash before the final.

England has fielded three mixed doubles pairs in the event and according to the rules, top seed Nathan Robertson/Jenny Wallwork and fifth seed Anthony Clark/Heather Olver should be in separate halves. An official from the Competition management team confirmed that the re-draw was conducted “for technical reasons.” However, sources said the second best English pair was mistakenly listed as third by the software that makes the draw.