Malaysia continued their relentless march in the team event of the 2010 Commonwealth Games as they blanked Seychelles 5-0, their second win on day one of the badminton competition at the Siri Fort Stadium.
Also registering their second successive win of the day were England who defeated Uganda 5-0 with Anthony Clark playing his 100 match of his career.
Malaysia rested Lee Chong Wei and the task of delivering the first point fell to Muhd Hafiz Hashim who duly delivered, defeating Kervin Herbert Ghishlan 21-9, 21-11.
Also rested was Malaysia’s top singles player, Wong Mew Choo and in her place was Lydia Cheah. And the youngster had no problems easing past Juliette Chantal Ah-Wan 21-7, 21-14. The rest of the matches were a mere formality for the Malaysians.
Chong Wei will also be rested in their match against Nigeria on Tuesday and is only expected to take to the courts again on Wednesday, against Australia.
And while watching Hafiz in action, Chong Wei spoke about his team mate, hoping that he will play well in the individual event next week, as they both try to make it an all Malaysian final.
“That will be good for his career as Hafiz needs a boost. He has been working hard in training and I really hope his tough work pays dividends with a podium finish here in New Delhi,” said Chong Wei.
But while hoping for Malaysia to do well, the world number one was impressed with the increasing number of countries and players participating in the badminton event in New Delhi.
“This is good for the sport as its truly becoming a global sports with so many countries showing interest in the sport,” said Chong Wei who has been the world number one for the last 25 months.
“Every effort should be made to promote the sport world wide and I will be glad to help the sport grow.”
In other matches, Singapore defeated Jamaica 5-0 to make it two wins out of two and look set to top Group B while Sri Lanka got the better of Northern Ireland winning 5-0 as well. Also registering their first win was Mauritius who defeated Falkland Islands 5-0.
Mauritius 5 Falkland Island 0
Abdool Sahir Edoo def Douglas James Clark 21-11, 21-7
Eileeen Karen Lee Chin Foo Kune def Sofia Arkhipkina 21-6,21-2
Jacques Michel Stephen Beeharry/Abdool Sahir Edoo def Douglas James Clark/Michael Stewart Brownlee 21-9,21-10
Shama Aboobakar/Eileeen Karen Lee Chin Foo Kune def Anna Luxton/Laura Jane Minto 21-5,21-5
Jacques Michel Stephen Beeharry/Shama Aboobakar def Michael Stewart Brownlee/Laura Jane Minto 21-12,21-13
Malaysia 5 Seychelles 0
Muhd Hafiz Hashim def Kervin Herbert Ghishlan 21-9, 21-11
Lydia Cheah def Juliette Chantal Ah-Wan 21-7, 21-14
Koo Kien Keat/Tan Boon Heng def Georgie Winsley Cupidon/Steve Hansley Malcouzane 21-8, 21-9
Chin Ee Hui/Woon Khe Wei def Juliette Chantal Ah-Wan/Allisen Yutrina Therese Camille 21-10, 21-7
Chan Peng Soon/Goh Liu Ying def Georgie Winsley Cupidon/Allisen Yutrina Therese Camille 21-8, 21-9
England 5 Uganda 0
Rajiv Ouseph def Edwin Ekiring 21-10, 21-9
Elizebth Cann def Magaret Nankabirwa 21-11, 21-7
Nathan Robertson/Anthony Clarke def Brian Ssuuna/Wilson Tukire 21-10,21-8
Jenny Wallwork/Gabby White def Bridget Shamin Bangi/Margaret Nankabirwa 21-2,21-4
Nathan Robertson/ Jenny Wallwork def AK Wogute/ GC Najjuka 21-10, 21-7
Singapore 5 Jamaica 0
Yong Zhao Ashton Chen def Charles Conran Saunders Pyne 21-14, 21-15
Fu Ming Tian def Kristal Fayonne Karjohn 21-4, 21-10
Hendra Wijaya/Chayut Triyachart def Gareth Andre Theodore Henry/ Garron Trevor Palmer 21-10,21-10
Shinta Mulia Sari/Yao Lei def Kristal Fayonne Karjohn/Alya Dawne Lewis 21-2, 21-3
Hendri Kurniawan Saputra/ Neo YV def Garron Trevor Palmer/Alya Dawne Lewis 21-8, 23-21
Sri Lanka 5 Northern Ireland 0
Dinuka Nishan Perera Karunaratna def Tony Stephenson 21-14, 22-20
Thilini Jayasinghe def Caroline Black 21-7, 21-12
Dinuka Nishan Perera Karunaratna/ Niluka Karunaratne def Mathew Gleave/Tony Stephenson 21-19, 20-22, 21-12
Thilini Jayasinghe/Chandrika Hettiarachchige def Caroline Black/Sinead Chambers 12-21, 23-21, 21-8
Niluka Karunaratne/ Chandrika Hettiarachchige def Mathew Gleave//Sinead Chambers 16-21, 21-14, 21-9