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National singles player Chong Wei Feng beat Andre Padmore of Barbados in straight games in the opening mixed team group stage match on Thursday. - Filepic
GLASGOW: Malaysia’s Chong Wei Feng blew his opponent away in 21 minutes.
India’s P.V. Sindhu went one better – demolishing her opponent in just 15 minutes.
And after winning their opening group matches in the mixed team event against weaker teams at the Emirates Arena in double quick time on Thursday, Wei Feng and Sindhu have pleaded with the Badminton World Federation (BWF) to drop any plans to change the scoring format.
“It was a lop-sided match. Imagine, if we were to revert to the new scoring format, the disparity will be even greater,” said Wei Feng after beating Andre Padmore of Barbados 21-11, 21-16.
"The match ended quickly. If we change, it may end even faster or there may not be any difference, actually. So, why bother to change.”
Malaysia went on to beat Barbados 5-0 in their first Group A tie.
BWF are experimenting with the 11x5 scoring system in all the lower level tournaments, hoping that it would further shorten the duration of play. They will decide after November whether there is a need to implement the change.
Badminton has been using the 21x3 scoring system since 2006.
Many of the top shuttlers are not in favour of the new format but will abide by whatever decision taken by the world body.
“I tried the new format during training but I didn’t cope well. I would rather we stick with the current format – I do not think the match is long-winded because of the format,” said Wei Feng.
“This format may suit the older players and I foresee players staying longer on the circuit … even after they reach 30 years old.”
The lanky Sindhu is also uncomfortable with BWF’s initiatives to change the scoring system.
“It is good as it is. I hope they do not tinker with it. I hope that they will listen to the views of the top shuttlers,” said the 2013 World Championships bronze medallist.
“It is, however, the BWF’s call. If they think it’s for the best of the sport, we have no choice but to follow.”
Sindhu underlined her prowess when she knocked out Stella Amasah of Ghana 21-7, 21-5 to steer her team to a 5-0 humbling of the African nation.
Sindhu, who is India’s top draw card in the absence of Saina Nehwal, feels that they have a good chance of doing well in the mixed team event.
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