Thu, Jun 14, 2007 - Page 20 News List

Taiwan lose at badminton tourney

AFP , GLASGOW, SCOTLAND

Tsai Chia-hsin of Taiwan competes against Hendri Kurniawan Saptura and Yujia Li of Singapore (not seen) on the third day of the Sudirman Cup World Team Badminton Championships in Glasgow, Scotland, yesterday.

PHOTO: AFP

Singapore took a step closer to promotion to the top division at the Sudirman Cup World Team Championships yesterday with a vital 3-2 win over Taiwan in Division 2.

Hendri Kurnian Saputra and Yuija Li had given Singapore the perfect start with a 21-10, 21-15 win over Tsai Chia-hsin and Cheng Shao-chieh in the mixed doubles and Ronald Susilo added the men's singles with a 21-14, 21-18 win over Hsieh Yu-hsing.

Taiwan hit back to claim a victory in the women's singles that raised hopes of a recovery.

Cheng courageously came back from dropping the first game to beat the former Commonwealth Games Champion Li Li 15-21, 21-11, 21-16 and keep her team's hopes alive.

But the match came to an end when Saputra and Hendra Wijaya overcame Lee Sheng-mu and Fang Chieh-min 21-8, 22-20 in the men's doubles.

Singapore is the only team in Division 2 Group A with two wins out of two and compete the round-robin stage with a tie against Germany today.

Germany, who lost to Taiwan in the first round, beat a disappointing Swedish team, who were relegated from Division 1 in Beijing two years ago, 4-1.

If Singapore top the group, they will face the winners of Division 2 Group B for the right to play-off for promotion to the top flight of eight. Japan and Poland are currently the top two teams in Group B.

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