Langridge eases into Commonwealth Games badminton last eight

Gold shot: Chris Langridge of Epsom is closing in on a Commonwealth Games medal

Gold shot: Chris Langridge of Epsom is closing in on a Commonwealth Games medal

First published in News Croydon Guardian: Photograph of the Author by , Sports Editor

Chris Langridge is one step closer to Commonwealth Games gold in the mixed doubles badminton competition after a comfortable last 16 win over Australia.

The Epsom man, with partner Heather Olver, was too strong for Jeff Tho and Jacqueline Guan winning 2-0 (21-7, 21-10).

They will now face the Canadian pair of Toby Ng and and Alex Bruce today (Friday) at 2.15pm in the quarter-finals.

Langridge said: "To be fair to Australia, they started the second set a lot better than they did the first.

"We got a little bit poor with our tactics and shot selection, which allowed them to do what they wanted in a way.

“The coaches reiterated the point of ‘shot selection’ and ‘think what you’re doing’ and at the break, we won around 10 points in a row.

“It shows for us, when we play the right style we are quite dangerous but when we get lured into a different style or a style that is wrong, we are nowhere near as good.”

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