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Shinta and Yao Lei Give Singaporeans Reason to Cheer


Catch Shinta and Yao Lei in action at 3pm at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. (Photo:SSC) 

 
Local badminton fans had a reason to cheer as Singapore’s women’s defending champion pair of Shinta Mulia Sari and Yao Lei emgerged victorious yesterday.

 

The first Singaporeans in 20 years to win a title at the tournament last year, the defending champions progressed to the last 16, but only after a tricky game over England’s Mariana Aganthangelou and Heather Olver at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

 

Losing the first set 21-19, Shinta and Yao Lei recovered to take the second and last set with a score of 21-8 and 21-16. "We were too rushed at the start and we made mistakes. In the second set, we were more patient to see what their weaknesses were. It wasn't an easy match but we kept telling each other not to be distracted and do what we're supposed to do," said Shinta and Yao Lei.

 

The defending pair will now face eighth seeds Valeri Sorokina and Nina Vislova of Russia at 3pm today for a spot in the quarterfinals.

 

Joining them today in the Women’s Doubles category will be teammates Chen Jiayuan and Xing Aiying, who also beat another English pair to reach the last 16.

 

Chen Jiayuan and Xing Aiying will face the Japanese pair of Shizuka Matsuo and Mami Naito at 7pm today.

 

Over in the Women’s Singles, things were not looking too good as Gu Juan was the only one who made it into the last 16, snatching a victory from the jaws of defeat against Japans Ayane Kurihara to win 2-1 (14-21, 21-19, 21-13).

 

She will now face Japan’s Ai Goto at 8pm for a spot in the quarterfinals.

 

Go Team Singapore!