Badminton: S'pore beat Russia to qualify for 9th-12th play-offs in world junior meet

SINGAPORE made the 9th-12th place final-stage matches for the Suhandinata Cup world junior mixed-team badminton tournament in Bangkok, after thumping Russia 3-0 in their Group W play-off on Friday.

Terry Hee and Elaine Chua got the team off to a good start in the mixed doubles by overcoming Alexandr Zinchenko and Olga Morozova 21-19, 21-18 in 29 minutes.

Then Bernard Ong thrashed Andrey Dolotov 21-14 21-9 in the men's singles in only 22 minutes, before women's singles player Liang Xiaoyu wrapped up the match by beating Viktoriya Dergunova 22-20 21-11 in half an hour.

The men's and women's doubles were both not played.

Singapore will take on France today, while Denmark face Hong Kong in the 9th-12th place classification.