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Hallam cruises into second round

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Britain's Tracey Hallam reached the last 32 of the women's badminton competition with an impressive 2-0 win over world number 12 Yip Pui Yin.

Hallam produced some fine touches as she won 21-15 21-17 in 34 minutes.

In the men's event, Andrew Smith also made it through after coming from a set down to defeat the Czech Republic's Petr Koukal 2-1.

The 24-year-old struggled in the opening set, losing 10-21, but hit back to win with sets of 21-12 and 21-15.

Hallam, 33, had to compete with a noisy and partisan Chinese crowd who threw their weight behind her 21-year-old Hong Kong opponent.

606: DEBATE
But the Commonwealth Games champion, who had considered retirement earlier this year after a series of injuries, held her nerve to secure a victory which gives her a second-round tie against Kristina Ludikova of the Czech Republic.

"We were fairly close, especially the second set," said Hallam, the world number 14.

"It was just a matter of keeping my nerve, not thinking about what the score was, just playing the point."

Ireland's Chloe Magee also won through after coming back from a game down to beat Estonia's Kati Tolmoff 2-1.

Indonesia started their medal campaign with a shock, Maria Kristin Yulianti fighting back from a set down to defeat world number 13 Juliane Schenk from Germany.

In the men's event, Smith will now take on Germany's Marc Zwiebler, who was forced to fight hard against the Ireland's Scott Evans before sneaking through 2-1.

Taiwan's Hsieh Yu Hsing was given plenty of support from the Chinese crowd as he stormed to a 2-0 victory over Iran's Kaveh Mehrabi.


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Rank Country Gold Silver Bronze TOTAL
1 also show each event results forChina 3 2 3 8
Men's Doubles 0 1 0
Men's Singles 1 0 1
Mixed Doubles 0 0 1
Women's Doubles 1 0 1
Women's Singles 1 1 0
2 also show each event results forIndonesia 1 1 1 3
Men's Doubles 1 0 0
Mixed Doubles 0 1 0
Women's Singles 0 0 1
3 also show each event results forSouth Korea 1 1 1 3
Men's Doubles 0 0 1
Mixed Doubles 1 0 0
Women's Doubles 0 1 0
4 also show each event results forMalaysia 0 1 0 1
Men's Singles 0 1 0

see also
Olympics blog
07 Aug 08 |  Olympics
Beijing 2008
14 Feb 08 |  Olympics
Team GB for Beijing
21 Jul 08 |  Team GB
Hallam wraps up dominant victory
25 Mar 07 |  Badminton
Magee mission
28 Jul 08 |  Badminton
Magee handed tough Olympic draw
26 Jul 08 |  Badminton
England net badminton gold double
26 Mar 06 |  Commonwealth Games
Hallam stuns Martin
15 Aug 04 |  Badminton


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