At the Commonwealth Games today, India outplayed Mauritius 3-nil to advance to the semifinals of badminton mixed team event. India will take on Singapore in the last four stage tomorrow. Singapore had beaten hosts Australia by a similar margin in another quarterfinal match.
For India, the men’s doubles duo of Satwik Rankireddy and Chirag Chandrashekhar Shetty won their first fixture against Aatish Lubah and Christopher Jean Paul in straight games 21-12 21-3. The pair of Ashwini Pannappa and N Sikki Reddy then chalked out an easy 21-8 21-7 victory over Aurelie Marie Elisa and Nicki Chan-Lam in the women’s doubles.
Thereafter, Srikanth took just 29 minutes to beat Georges Julien Paul 21-12, 21-14 in the men’s singles to settle the match in India’s favour. 2012 London Olympics medallist Saina Nehwal did not have to play her part in the quarterfinal match as India had already taken a match-winning 3-0 lead.