Badminton: S'pore draw Russia after 5-0 thrashing by China at world junior meet

SINGAPORE finished second in Group W1 after a 5-0 drubbing by China in the Suhandinata Cup world junior mixed-team badminton tournament on Thursday in Bangkok.

They had thrashed Spain and Australia by 5-0 margins on Wednesday, and face Group W2 runners-up Russia in their play-off on Friday.

Against the defending champions and top seeds, Singapore, seeded in the ninth-16th bracket in the 32-team event, won only one game through Liang Xiaoyu in her 11-21, 21-12, 21-23 loss to He Bingjiao in the women's singles.

Shi Yuqi beat Bernard Ong 21-12, 21-11 in the men's singles, Huang Kaixiang and Chen Qingchen beat Terry Hee and Elaine Chua 21-18 21-12 in the mixed doubles, Liu Yuchen and Li Junhui beat Hee and Ryan Ng 21-16 21-14 in the men's doubles, and Ji Yifan and Huang Dongping beat Chua and Yeo Jiamin 21-12 21-14 in the women's doubles.