WORLD TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS: HOST SCOTLAND EDGES INDIA
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May 19, 1997 (NEW SHUTTLENWS) - Host nation Scotland edged past India 3
matches to 2 in their opening Group 3B fixture at the badminton world team
championships in Glasgow this evening.
The husband-and-wife pair of Kenny and Elinor Middlemiss took the opening
mixed doubles match of the best-of-five-matches fixture, defeating Pullela
Gopichand and P.V.V. Lakshmi 15-7 and 15-3.
Anne Gibson lost the first game of her women's singles match against
Manjusha Kumar 11-12, but recovered her bearings to easily best the Indian
woman in the second and third games 11-2 and 11-3.
Indian Open finalist Pullela Gopichand put Indian on the board with his
15-5 and 18-13 men's singles victory over Bruce Flockhart. Vijaydeep Singh and
Jaseel Ismail then pulled the Indian team even with the Scots when they
defeated Kenny Middlemiss and Russell Hogg in men's doubles 15-11, 7-15 and
The Indians gained the upper hand in the deciding women's doubles match when
Madhumita Bisht and P.V.V. Lakshmi took the first game 15-13 from Elinor
Middlemiss and Sandra Watt. But Indian hopes for a victory were dashed when
Middlemiss and Watt won the second and third games 15-6 and 15-7.
In this competition, Scotland and the other teams in Groups 3A and 3B are
only playing for promotion to Group 2 and are not in contention for the
Results of this evening's fixtures:
Australia beat Finland 5 matches to none
Hong Kong beat Austria 5-0
Scotland beat India 3-2
New Zealand beat Norway 4-1
Cyprus beat Luxembourg 3-2
Mexico beat Malta 4-1
Italy beat Argentina 5-0
Slovakia beat Brazil 5-0
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