Group 2B: Singapore top their group to match Vietnam's achievement in 2A
Host nation Australia met a higher seed in their last pool tie and found out how their earlier opponents must have felt afterwards. Nonetheless, they can be proud of hard fought leads in several games of the four matches they conceded.
Australia's Setyana Mapasa / Sawan Serasinghe sprinted towards the first interval against world #18 Tan Wei Han / Terry Hee Yong Kai in the mixed doubles. Thereafter, the potency of Hee's smash and drive shots cut a wedge in his opponent's defences. Australia reacted with a change in game plan as they ought to but hesitation in the execution was perilous and Singapore triumphed, 21-16, 21-6.
In men's doubles, Australia's Matthew Chau / Sawan Serasinghe put forward a studious performance against the scratch pairing of former mixed world #9 Danny Bawa Chrisnanta with current mixed #18 Terry Hee Yong Kai, to earn 14-21, 21-23. The Singaporeans whose individual credentials also includes higher men's doubles world rankings than the Aussies.
Australia's opponents were cautious at the same time as clearly used to the pressure of higher speeds so their baseline capabilities eventually saw them through the deuce situation. All this goes to show that the locals are close to graduating to the next level were they to play frequently at this standard.
In a reversal of fortunes, the Setyana Mapasa / Gronya Somerville who have been ranked inside the world's top 20 this year struck too many shuttles for Ong Ren-Ne / Crystal Wong Jia Ying to get a racquet and won women's doubles, 21-11, 21-15. Pace, delicacy and lack of unforced errors were displayed by the Aussies. After the match, their joy at fulfilling a goal of taking it in straight games was obvious.
Singapore's Ryan Ng Zin Rei outlasted Ashwant Gobinathan in men's singles, 21-16, 21-14. Gobinathan had sufficient fitness and strength with the difference between them coming down to his tactical awareness of how to manage the tail end of the longer rallies. Singapore also took women's singles in similar fashion, 21-11, 21-17, through Yeo Jia Min.
“The shuttle here is pretty slow. I am usually much more of an aggressive player so today I was patient and didn't rush my shots. I've seen him (Ashwant) play before and (knew that) he's is a good player”, remarked Ng.