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Commonwealth Games: Malaysia see off battling Scots to make badminton semis

Published on Jul 27, 2014 7:10 AM

GLASGOW (AFP) - Defending champions Malaysia suffered a scare before seeing off hosts Scotland to progress to the last four of the Commonwealth Games badminton team event.

Chan Peng Soon and Lai Pei Jing were beaten in the opening rubber of the knockout stages by mixed doubles pairing by Robert Blair and Imogen Bankier 22-24, 21-9, 21-11 in a match lasting 64 minutes.

Malaysia, without top-ranked Lee Chong Wei through injury, recovered well to progress despite a vociferous and partisan home crowd.

Wei Feng Chong comfortably beat Kieran Merrilees in the men's singles competition 21-16, 21-14 before a brave performance from Kirsty Gilmour, who had strapping on her wrist, was not enough enough to prevent her from going down 21-10, 21-15 to Jing Tee.

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