Marritt progresses in badminton singles

Ben Li in action against Indian seed Gurusaaidutt Rajah Manuri Venkata

Ben Li in action against Indian seed Gurusaaidutt Rajah Manuri Venkata

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Cristen Marritt was the only Isle of Man player to progress through to the second round of the badminton singles competition at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow.

She defeated Nicola Chan Lam on Tuesday morning, taking the first 21-15 after a mid-game fightback from her opponent who had brought it square at 12-12.

The second saw Chan Lam move into an early 2-4 lead, but Marritt (nee Callow) brought the scores level at 8-8. It was close all the way through until the 25-year-old Manx woman stretched away to a 19-16 lead. The Mauritian grabbed two more points back to take it to 19-18, but lost the next and then match point.

Kim Clague lost her singles match in a close three-game contest. Up against a regular Island Games opponent, Elena Johnson of Guernsey, she lost the first 15-21 when at one point 10-18 down.

Settling her early nerves, 26-year-old trainee accountant Clague played extremely well in the second when she took eight points in a row to eventually claim it 21-14.

The decider saw Johnson go 5-9 in front before Clague pulled it back to 10-14. At 13-18 she still looked to be in with a chance of progressing to the next round, but the experienced Channel Islander took control of the match to win 13-21.

Ben Li came up against a tough opponent in Gurusaaidutt Rajah Manuri Venkata of India, the number five in his first round match. He rapidly went 2-16 down, grabbing three points in the closing stages before losing 5-21.

Li played considerably better in the second game to go level at 7-7. But Venkata always had the edge and ultimately took the game 12-21.

In the mixed doubles game on Tuesday evening, Marritt and Li teamed up to go against Singapore duo Ming Fu and Terry Hee, but were on the receiving end of a 21-8, 21-11 scoreline.

Cristen Marritt will face Anna Rankin of New Zealand in the second round on Wednesday.

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