Sudirman Cup: Aussie defeat Switzerland
After a loss on Tuesday against Vietnam, Australia fought back on Wednesday night to defeat the top seeded Switzerland in group 3A at the Sudirman Cup. Australia had the tie won at 3-1 before Switzerland won the last match for a final tie score of 3-2.
Men’s doubles Raymond Tam and Glenn Warfe took the opening game 21-15 and leading 18-13 in the second they looked to be cruising toward victory. However a string of unforced errors let the Swiss duo back into the contest, and the match was leveled 20-22.
Third game was tight early with scores locked at 11-11 before the Aussies kicked away to establish a strong lead. Tam and Warfe refused to let the second game repeat itself as the took the decider 21-13 to give Australia the early lead in the tie 1-0.
Switzerland were on track to level the tie when Verdet Kessler lost the opening game of the womens’s singles 7-21. But it was a different Kessler that came out in the second game, chasing down every shuttle and creating attacking opportunities to level the match up at one game a piece with a 22-20 score line.
The players traded points early in the third game and at 13-13 the game was anyones to take. Unfortunately for the Aussies Kessler could not seize the opportunity as the gave up 8 points in row to finish the match.
In a key match for the tie Ashwant Gobinathan came out firing in the men’s singles jumping to a 6-2 lead. Gobinathan held the lead throughout most of the first game, holding on to take the opener 21-19.
Although scores were tight again in the second game it was the Australian who managed to break clear towards the end, winning 8 of the last 10 points to register a 21-15 victory and give Australia the edge in the tie.The responsibility to close out the tie this time fell with 18 year old Jacqueline Guan and Gronya Somerville in the women’s doubles, who were playing their first match together at the tournament. The young Aussies continued their recent good form from the Oceania Circuit and showed why they are one of Australia’s most promising prospects, dominating their match from start to finish.
With powerful attacks and rock solid defense they won 21-10 21-14 and gave Australia an unbeatable 3-1 lead in tie.
The final match of the night was the mixed doubles with Ross Smith and Renuga Veeran looking to press the Australian’s advantage further. Unfortunately the Aussies got off to a slow start with too many errors leading to a 12-21 score in favour of the Swiss in the first game. The second game was a closer encounter with the lead changing several times, and it was Smith and Veeran who had first opportunity to take the game at 20-19. The Swiss saved this game point, a long with a further three before earning their own match point. One was all they need as the Swiss claimed the final point of the tie 26-24.
The win in the tie means Australia is still in with a slim chance to top their group, but will need to defeat Kazakhstan comfortably on Thursday night and rely on several results to fall their way.