Badminton is one of only four sports to take place every day throughout the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.
The Mixed Team event opened proceedings today, with Australia taking to the court against Sri Lanka in Group A from 2pm local time (BST).
Meanwhile, the draws and seedings for the individual competition, which begins next Wednesday (3 August) have been released. Among the seeded players are three players from Oceania:
Hsuan-Yu Wendy Chen (Australia) is competing in her second Commonwealth Games after making her debut at the Gold Coast 2018 edition. This year, she enters the women’s singles draw as seventh seed, looking to better her exit in the Round of 16 four years ago.
Receiving a bye in the first round, she’ll compete against the winner between Emily Trebert (GCY)/Lorna Bodha (MRI) in the round of 32. Providing the players live up to their seeding, the first seeded competitor she would meet is Singapore’s fourth seed, Yeo Jian Min in the quarterfinals.
Moreover, Oliver Leydon-Davis and Anona Pak (New Zealand) enter the mixed doubles draw as eight seeds. Oliver is making his fifth consecutive Commonwealth Games appearance, while Anona is making her debut. The seeded position gives them an advantage of a bye in the round of 64, to set up a clash with Tamakloe/Tornyenyor (GHA) or Bongout/Leung (MRI) in the round of 32.
A victory could see them meet a pair from Australia in the round of 16, should Tran Pham and Angela Yu prevail in their first two matches. A likely pair looming in the quarterfinals of their prospective path are the third seeds Hee/Tan of Singapore.
Oliver and Anona are the only two competitors from New Zealand, while Australia fielded a team of ten who are all competing across the individual disciplines, including: Wendy Chen (WS and WD), Kaitlyn Ea (WD and XD), Tiffany Ho (WS), Gronya Somerville (WD and XD), Angela Yu (WD and XD), Yingxian Lin (MS and XD), Tran Pham (MD and XD), Jacob Schueler (MS and MD), Nathan Tang (MS and MD) and Jack Yu (MD and XD).
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