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Badminton: BAD NIGHT FOR SCOTS; Misery for hosts after crushing loss WORLD BADMINTON CHAMPIONSHIP.

Byline: By John Traynor

WHEN a push came to a shove, things started to go wrong for Scotland in the Sudirman Cup World Team Championships last night.

Despite a huge support at the Scotstoun International Arena the hosts lost the mixed doubles, women's and men's singles and the men's doubles in a 4-1 defeat to India.

The ladies doubles partnership of Imogen Bankier and Emma Mason were our only success with a 2-1 win over Saina Newhal and Aparna Balan.

The outcome of it all is that the Scots won't now get the opportunity to play for a place in Level 2.

Indeed, now all Dan Travers' team can focus on is getting a result in today's Level 3 play-offs which would ease them into the top 20 in the world.

Something to strive for but really, Scotland started this cup campaign in such a way as to feed the home support's optimism. However, when it came down to the serious business they just couldn't cut it on the night.

Unlike their previous wins, they didn't get off to the start they would have wished for in the mixed doubles when Watson Briggs and Bankier lost 2-1 to Diju V and Aparna Balan.

At one game apiece the Scots had an even chance of getting a positive result but they seemed to lose concentration in a tense third match and eventually went down 18-16.

Perhaps the biggest disappointment of the night was the defeat of Commonwealth bronze medallist, Susan Hughes in the women's singles.

Having lost the first game 21-15 to Nehwal she came from some way behind in the second to win 21-19 but was left with far too much to do in the third game and despite some excellent shots, had to settle for a 21-12 defeat.

Afterwards a disappointed Hughes said: "I don't think my opponent played any outstanding shots but the thing is she was consistent and on the night perhaps I wasn't.

"Basically I allowed her to get too far in front in that third match and, of course, I paid the price.

"I played some good shots but not enough and probably made too many silly ones. But I'm not down, I still believe I have more to offer this sport."

In the men's singles, Craig Goddard looked good in the opening game which he won 21-9 but it was all downhill from there when he was on the wrong end of 21-7 and 21-11 scores to Anup Sridhar.

In the men's doubles, Briggs and Andrew Bowman lost 21-14 and 24-22 to Rupesh Kumar and Sanave Thomas.

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Date:Jun 15, 2007
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