SINGAPORE: The Singapore women’s badminton team have been awarded the joint-bronze medal after their 3-0 loss to Thailand at the 28th SEA Games in the semi-finals.
In badminton competition on Thursday (Jan 11), Singapore’s Liang Xiaoyu lost the first singles match to Thailand’s Ratchanok Intanon in straight sets 21-17, 21-14.
Singapore’s doubles team of Vanessa Neo and Shinta Mulia Sari fared no better, losing 21-12, 21-19 to Thailand’s duo of Sapsiree Taerattanachai and Puttita Supajirakul.
Neo, who felt they were the “underdogs” in the game, said: “For me, I’m quite disappointed as I hoped to put up a better fight than this. I definitely wanted to win a point for the team but the Thais played well today and we didn’t play up to our expectations so we lost the match.”
“We definitely felt the excitement and wanted to perform in front of home crowd but Thailand’s team is pretty strong,” she added.
Thai shuttler Busanan Ongbumrungpan completed the rout, downing Singapore’s Grace Chua 21-6, 21-15.
Chua said that she was grateful to have played on home ground, where defeating cheers from the partisan crowd could be heard.
“I could hear everyone cheering for me and even though I lost quite badly in my first set, I’m very thankful that everyone continued to support me and I think this gave me a lot of motivation to play well for them and Singapore.”
Thailand will face the winner of the other semi-final, where Malaysia is facing Indonesia. In men’s competition, Singapore will take on Thailand in the semi-finals at 5pm.