Gobinathan Debuts in Style as Aussies Win at Sudirman Cup

Written by  Monday, 20 May 2013 20:59

Ashwant Gobinathan has marked his senior Australian Team debut with a thrilling 3 game win the the Men's Singles as Australia earned a hard fought 4-1 victory over Lithuania in their opening tie of the Sudirman Cup in Malaysia.

It was Renuga Veeran and Ross Smith that got the Aussies off to a perfect start as they cruised through their mixed doubles. Veeran and Smith were untroubled as they registered a 21-11 21-9 win, giving Australia a 1-0 lead.

Malaysian born Gobinathan was looking to extend the Aussies lead in the men's singles with around a dozen of his extended family watching on intently in the Putra Stadium crowd, Gobinathan managed to scrape through the opening game 25-23. The players went point for point in the second game, however Gobinathan could not edge is way in front at the time when it counted, losing 20-22 and being forced into a decider.

It looked as though Lithuania would claim their first point when the young Aussie trailed 6-10, but a run of points saw him level the score up at 12-12. From here on it was point for point, and Gobinathan worked hard to hold 2 match points at 20-18. Unable to close the match out on his first two tries, the Australian made no mistake as he took his third opportunity, closing the match out 22-20 in the third game.

Verdet Kessler had the opportunity to take the tie for Australia in the women's singles, and an extremely hard fought first game gave her the advatage, as she edged out her opponent 28-26. Unable to maintain the momentum, Kessler slipped behind early in the second game and could not close the gap as the match was leveled up 17-21.

The third game followed a similar pattern to the second as Keesler fell behind 2-7. She was able to work back into the game and leveled the score at 13-13. Although drawing level Kessler could never capture the lead as she went down 19-21 in the third game.

At 2-1 in the Aussies favour It was now up to Raymond Tam and Glenn Warfe to close out the tie. While they put in a scratchy performance they were able to claim the winning point with a 21-18 23-21 victory.

Gronya Somerville and Renuga Veeran stepped on court for the women's doubles in what was essentially a dead rubber. They dominated their opponents from start to finish as they won 21-7 21-10 in just 19 minutes.

Australia will have a rest day on Monday before facing Vietnam on Tuesday. Follow the link below for full results from the tie - http://www.tournamentsoftware.com/sport/teammatch.aspx?id=A573BF77-2860-4DE4-A417-7DED98403934&match=146

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