A tough opening day on court
THERE were opening round defeats for all of Jersey’s badminton players who were in action for the first time at the Carrara Sports Centre yesterday at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, writes Andy Bradshaw.
Alex Hutchings and Emily Temple-Redshaw were eliminated from the men’s and women’s singles tournaments, respectively, both at the last 64 stage.
Temple-Redshaw had a busy day, with matches in the women’s doubles, partnered by Elise Dixon, and the mixed doubles, partnered by Matthew Bignell, and they, too, resulted in straight-game defeats.
Hutchings, who led by three points at one stage in his opening game, was defeated 21-19, 21-8 by Zambia’s Kalombo Mulenga, in a match that lasted 26 minutes.
Temple-Redshaw also pushed hard in her opening singles match, against Sri Lanka’s Hasmi Ambalangodage, only to go down 21-18, 21-11.
Northern Ireland’s Sinead Chambers and Rachael Darragh triumphed 21-9, 21-10 against Elise Dixon and Temple-Redshaw in the women’s doubles.
In the mixed doubles, Matthew Bignell and Temple-Redshaw suffered 21-13 defeats in both games against Guang Liang Jason Wong and Ren-Ne Ong of Singapore.
In action this morning are Elise Dixon in the women’s singles against England’s Chloe Birch and Alex Hutchings and Matthew Bignell in the men’s doubles against Uganda.