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Category: Badminton News Published: 14 October 2010
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To deafening cheers from an adoring crowd, Saina Nehwal Tuesday sped into the Commonwealth Games badminton women’s finals with a straight-game win over Scotland’s Susan Egelstaff.
Ms. Nehwal, the first seeded player and India’s hopeful for a gold medal, won 21-10, 21-17. She meets Malaysia’s Mew Choo Wong, seeded second in the tournament.

The two will play Thursday morning.Saina Nehwal of India plays against Susan Egelstaff of Scotland in the women’s singles semifinal badminton match of the XIX Commonwealth Games at the Siri Fort sports Complex in New Delhi on October 12, 2010.

In a hard-fought match, Indian women’s doubles pair Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa beat the Australian pair Tian He Tang and Kate Wilson-Smith to enter the finals.

To cheers of “India Jeetega,” the hometown favorites came back from a first game loss to win the match 12-21, 21-13, 21-11.

Earlier in the evening, India’s fleet-footed Parupalli Kashyap lost to England’s Rajiv Ouseph in a fiercely contested match. Mr. Kashyap won the first game speedily only to lose the second. He had a lead in the third game that Mr. Ouseph ate away at to win 19-21, 21-12, 21-18.

Chetan Anand, India’s other semi-finalist, lost in two quick games to the world’s top-ranked man, Malaysia’s Lee Chong Wei.

Mr. Anand plays Mr. Kashyap for the bronze medal Wednesday evening.

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