Commonwealth Games: Singapore shuttlers clinch bronze after edging India 3-2

Singapore's Shinta Mulia Sari (top right) besides her doubles partner Lei Yao (top left) against India's Ashwini Ponnappa (bottom right) and Jwala Gutta (centre) in the Mixed Team event at the Emirates Arena at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow
Singapore's Shinta Mulia Sari (top right) besides her doubles partner Lei Yao (top left) against India's Ashwini Ponnappa (bottom right) and Jwala Gutta (centre) in the Mixed Team event at the Emirates Arena at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow on July 28, 2014. Singapore clinched the bronze medal in the badminton mixed team competition at the Commonwealth Games on Monday, after beating India 3-2 in the third-place play-off tie at the Emirates Arena. -- PHOTO: AFP
Singapore's Lei Yao (top right) plays a shot besides her doubles partner Shinta Mulia Sari (left) against India's Ashwini Ponnappa and Jwala Gutta (both not in picture) in the Mixed Team event at the Emirates Arena at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in G
Singapore's Lei Yao (top right) plays a shot besides her doubles partner Shinta Mulia Sari (left) against India's Ashwini Ponnappa and Jwala Gutta (both not in picture) in the Mixed Team event at the Emirates Arena at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow on July 28, 2014. Singapore clinched the bronze medal in the badminton mixed team competition at the Commonwealth Games on Monday, after beating India 3-2 in the third-place play-off tie at the Emirates Arena. -- PHOTO: AFP
Singapore clinched the bronze medal in the badminton mixed team competition at the Commonwealth Games on Monday, after beating India 3-2 in the third-place play-off tie at the Emirates Arena. -- PHOTO: COMMONWEALTH GAMES SINGAPORE
Singapore clinched the bronze medal in the badminton mixed team competition at the Commonwealth Games on Monday, after beating India 3-2 in the third-place play-off tie at the Emirates Arena. -- PHOTO: COMMONWEALTH GAMES SINGAPORE
Singapore team members celebrate on the court after the women doubles pair of Lei Yao and Shinta Mulia Sari defeated India's Ashwini Ponnappa and Jwala Gutta (both not in picture) in the Mixed Team event at the Emirates Arena at the 2014 Commonwealth
Singapore team members celebrate on the court after the women doubles pair of Lei Yao and Shinta Mulia Sari defeated India's Ashwini Ponnappa and Jwala Gutta (both not in picture) in the Mixed Team event at the Emirates Arena at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow on July 28, 2014. Singapore clinched the bronze medal in the badminton mixed team competition at the Commonwealth Games on Monday, after beating India 3-2 in the third-place play-off tie at the Emirates Arena. -- PHOTO: AFP
Singapore team members run to congratulate doubles pair of Lei Yao (centre top) and Shinta Mulia Sari (right) after the women defeated India's Ashwini Ponnappa (centre bottom) and Jwala Gutta (left) in the Mixed Team event at the Emirates Arena at th
Singapore team members run to congratulate doubles pair of Lei Yao (centre top) and Shinta Mulia Sari (right) after the women defeated India's Ashwini Ponnappa (centre bottom) and Jwala Gutta (left) in the Mixed Team event at the Emirates Arena at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow on July 28, 2014. Singapore clinched the bronze medal in the badminton mixed team competition at the Commonwealth Games on Monday, after beating India 3-2 in the third-place play-off tie at the Emirates Arena. -- PHOTO: AFP

SINGAPORE clinched the bronze medal in the badminton mixed team competition at the Commonwealth Games on Monday, after beating India 3-2 in the third-place play-off tie at the Emirates Arena.

The tie was settled in heart-stopping fashion as Singapore's women's doubles pair of Shinta Mulia Sari and Yao Lei fought off the spirited challenge of India's Ashwini Ponnappa and Jwala Gutta in the gruelling second game, edging them 21-17, 29-27. That gave the winning point to Team Singapore in the tie, as the entire team ran onto the court to celebrate the bronze.

Earlier, Danny Chrisnanta and Vanessa Neo had won the opening mixed doubles match against Ponnappa and R.V. Gurusaidutt 21-19, 21-19, but Huang Chao lost to Kashyap Parupalli 15-21, 20-22 in the men's singles tie.

Chrisnanta and Chayut Triyachart then put Singapore ahead against, beating Akshay Dewalkar Pranaav Chopra 21-12, 21-16. However, Liang Xiaoyu lost to P.V. Sindhu 22-24, 13-21 to set the dramatic final women's doubles tie.

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