Ni­col-Rachel keep flag fly­ing

New Straits Times - - Sport -

NI­COL David and Rachel Arnold are Malaysia's only hope for a medal at the World Dou­bles Cham­pi­onships in Manch­ester af­ter reach­ing the women's dou­bles quar­ter-fi­nals on Wed­nes­day.

Although the Malaysian pair lost to Aus­tralians Sarah Cardwell and Christine Nunn 11-9, 6-11, 11-10 in their last group stage match, Ni­col and Rachel squeezed into the last-eight on games count­back as the Group C run­ners-up.

Ni­col and Rachel set up a quar­ter-fi­nal meet­ing with Eng­land's Ali­son Waters and Jenny Dun­calf where a win would as­sure them of a medal.

Rachel won a bronze at the last cham­pi­onships in 2016 in the women's dou­bles with her sis­ter Delia.

But Wed­nes­day was a tough day for Rachel who played three matches, and lost them all, in­clud­ing two in the mixed dou­bles.

Syafiq Ka­mal and Rachel were first beaten by de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Sau­rav Ghosal and Dipika Pal­likal of In­dia 11-7, 11-4 be­fore go­ing down 11-8, 11-4 to Peter Creed and Tesni Evans of Wales to ex­tin­guish their quar­ter-fi­nal hopes.

Men's dou­bles pair Nafi­izwan Ad­nan and Ivan Yuen se­cured a con­so­la­tion vic­tory in their fi­nal group phase match but Syafiq and Ng Eain Yow fell to a third con­sec­u­tive de­feat.

Nafi­izwan and Ivan de­feated In­dia's Vikram Mal­ho­tra and Ma­hesh Man­gaonkar 11-8, 10-11, 11-8 in Group A while Aus­tralians Zac Alexan­der and David Palmer edged Syafiq and Eain Yow 11-10, 11-8 in Group C. Devin­der Singh

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