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.