England’s bid to win their first badminton team gold medal at the Commonwealth Games since Manchester 2002 ended in disappointment after a valiant effort in Glasgow’s Emirates Arena this evening.
The 2010 bronze medallists went down 3-1 as Malaysia made it a third Commonwealth team gold in a row since England last stood on top of the podium.
The England challenge got off to the usual good start from husband and wife Chris and Gabby Adcock in the mixed doubles and Rajiv Ouseph did his level best to make it 2-0 in the men’s singles but once Malaysia made it 1-1 they never looked back.
The Adcocks defeated Chan Peng Soon and Lai Pei Jing in a thrilling mixed doubles. The world number five pair took the first game 21-14 but had to come from behind in the second after trailing 17-13 and then saved seven game points before winning 28-26 on their third match point after 51 minutes. Adcock’s big, left-handed cross-court smash was a key shot in the contest.
Rajiv Ouseph looked on course to give England a 2-0 lead when he came back from a game down to lead 11-7 in the deciding game against Chong Wei Feng in the men’s singles.
But after the change of ends the Malaysian turned the tables to lead 15-13. Ouseph recovered to 16-16 but a four-point burst by Chong Wei gave him four match points and he took the contest on his fourth to win 21-17 19-21 21-19 after 71 gripping minutes. It was Ouseph’s first defeat of the Games.
Malaysia moved ahead when they took the men’s doubles as Adcock found himself back on court as early as the third match for the second day running. Adcock and Andy Ellis could not get the better of Malaysian pair Tan Wee Kiong and Goh Wei Shem, who won a close contest 21-19 21-17.
That meant two-time English National champion Sarah Walker had to win the women’s singles to take the tie to a fifth contest. But in Tee Jing Yi she was up against an opponent ranked 42 places higher at number 33 in the world.
Walker made Tee fight all the way for her 21-16 21-17 victory to give Malaysia a 3-1 winning lead and leave England with the silver medal.
But that silver medal the first for England in the minimum target of three set by the team management and now they can build on this in the individual events, which start tomorrow.
In the bronze medal match earlier in the day Singapore defeated 2010 silver medallists India 3-2.
Mixed doubles: Chris & Gabby Adcock bt Chan Peng Soon & Lai Pei Jing 21-14 28-26
Men’s singles: Rajiv Ouseph lost to Chong Wei Feng 21-17 19-21 21-19
Men’s doubles: Chris Adcock & Andy Ellis lost to Tan Wee Kiong & Goh Wei Shem 21-19 21-17
Women’s singles: Sarah Walker lost to Tee Jing Yi 21-16 21-17
Women’s doubles: Gabby Adcock & Lauren Smith v Vivian Kah Mun Hoo & Woon Khe Wei
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