Commonwealth Games mixed team: Goh V Shem/Tan Wee Kiong help Malaysia set up semi-final clash against England

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Tan Wee Kiong/Goh V Shem score the winning point for Malaysia against Scotland in the quarter-final of 2018 Commonwealth Games mixed team event. (photo: AP)
Tan Wee Kiong/Goh V Shem score the winning point for Malaysia against Scotland in the quarter-final of 2018 Commonwealth Games mixed team event. (photo: AP)

Gold Coast: Malaysia and England to set up a Commonwealth Games mixed team semi-final showdown Sunday while India and Singapore will meet each other in the top half for their bid to reach the final.

In Saturday’s quarter-final tie against Scotland, Malaysia’s Chan Peng Soon/Goh Liu Ying managed to fend off a spirited challenge from Adam Hall/Julie MacPherson, after the Rio Olympic mixed doubles pair produced a fine performance to beat the England pair 14-21, 21-18, 21-15.

Lee Chong Wei then won the men’s singles match by beating Kieran Merrilees 21-14, 21-7 to give Malaysia a 2-0 lead over Scotland before Goh V Shem/Tan Wee Kiong of Malaysia sealed the victory over Scotland by outlasting Alexander Dunn/Adam Hall 21-10, 21-15.

Malaysia will face England in the semi-final on Saturday. These two teams had faced each other in the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games mixed team final, where Malaysia defeated England 3-1 to clinch the gold.

Meanwhile, England beat Canada 3-0 in the other quarter-final with Chris Langridge and Marcus Ellis got off to a strong start by overcoming Jason Ho-shue/Nyl Yakura in the men’s doubles match, before Chloe Birch pulled off a huge upset to dismantle the 2014 Commonwealth Games women’s singles champion Michelle Li 21-15, 12-21, 21-15.

“I knew if I kept my speed and played quicker, I could win the match against Michelle,” said Birch.

Chloe Birch was excited to be defeat Michelle Li in the mixed team event. (photo: AP)
Chloe Birch was excited to be defeat Michelle Li in the mixed team event. (photo: AP)

Rajiv Ouseph of England then claimed the win for England by overcoming Brian Yang 21-17, 21-14 in the men’s singles match.

Meanwhile, India beat Mauritius 3-0 while Singapore registered a 3-0 win over Australia to set up a semi-final meeting on Sunday.

“I think Singapore have been playing really well, so we cannot underestimate them, and we need to be play our best,” said Kidambi Srikanth of India.

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