Badminton

Published: Saturday August 2, 2014 MYT 9:29:00 PM
Updated: Sunday August 3, 2014 MYT 5:59:02 AM

Jing Yi falters, Mich Li on cloud nine

GLASGOW: One could not stop crying. The other could not stop smiling.

On Saturday, Malaysia’s Tee Jing Yi and Canada’s Michelle Li experienced contrasting fortunes in their Glasgow Commonwealth Games debut.

The 22-year-old Jing Yi blew a 19-11 lead in the second game to lose 13-21, 19-21 to Kirsty Gilmour of Scotland in the semi-finals at the Emirates Arena.

Just last week, Jing Yi had crushed Gilmour in straight games during the mixed team competition.

But this time Jing Yi, who defeated P.C Thulasi of India in the quarter-finals, allowed nerves to get the better of her.

“She has analysed my game and came prepared. I had a tough match yesterday (in the quarter-finals) and today, I could not get my game going,” admitted Jing Yi, choked with emotions.

“I made many mistakes in the second game … she just kept coming back and I could not finish her off.”

While Jing Yi was seen slumped in one corner sobbing inconsolably, 22-year-old Michelle was jumping with joy after stunning top seed P.V Sindhu of India 22-20, 22-20 in nail-biting last-four clash.

“I’m kind of speechless right now. We were both under pressure but I got lucky in the end,” said the Canadian.

“You cannot imagine how much my winning a medal at the Games would mean to my country. Canada has never won any medal in badminton since 1994.”

Tags / Keywords: Tee Jing Yi, badminton, Kristy Gilmour, Michelle Li, Commonwealth Games, Emirates Arena, Glasgow

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