Singapore's mixed doubles pair Danny Bawa Chrisnanta-Vanessa Neo believe they have a chance to win gold at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games. - RAJES PAUL/ The Star
GLASGOW: Singapore’s Danny Bawa Chrisnanta-Vanessa Neo can be a thorn in the flesh for Malaysia’s Chan Peng Soon-Lai Pei Jing in the mixed doubles competition at the Emirates Arena.
The 27-year-old Vanessa believes she and Danny have a good chance to nail the gold in the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow this time.
Danny and Vanessa, who have been partners for three years, are the second seeds in the individual competition, which starts on July 30.
In the absence of Peng Soon’s regular partner Goh Liu Ying, who is recovering from knee injuries, Vanessa said that the mixed doubles title is quite an open affair.
“It could be anyone’s, really. There’s the England pair (Chris Adcock-Gabrielle Adcock) and the Scots (Robert Blair-Imogen Bankier),” she said.
“Although Peng Soon is playing with a new partner (Pei Jing), they cannot be ruled out either.”
The Singaporeans are expected to face Peng Soon-Pei Jing in the quarter-finals.
“Danny is an Indonesian and is a year younger than me. He received his citizenship in 2011 and, since then, we’ve been playing together,” said Vanessa.
“We have won the Dutch Open Grand Prix Gold and several satellite titles.
“Our best was reaching the quarter-finals of the All-England as the eighth seed. It gave us a huge sense of accomplishment because it’s not easy to qualify for the All-England.
“We have good chemistry and similar goals. Danny works really hard and our pace is similar.
“I returned home empty-handed from the last Games (in New Delhi) but, this time, there is a chance to win the gold medal and we’ll do our best to grab it.”
The top seeds in the mixed doubles are the husband-and-wife team of Chris-Gabrielle while Scotland’s Blair-Bankier are the third seeds.