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Badminton Friday, 2 August, 2002, 19:41 GMT 20:41 UK
Morgan suffers singles exit
Jo Muggeridge needed treatment for a calf injury in the third set
An injury to Joanne Muggeridge hampered Wales

Reigning champion Kelly Morgan tumbled out of the women's singles as she was beaten by Singapore's Li Li.

The second seed from Wales, who won in Kuala Lumpur four years ago, lost 4-7 4-7 7-4 4-7 in the quarter-finals.

Malaysia's Ng Mee Fan booked her semi-final place as she beat England's Julia Mann 2-7 7-2 7-2 7-5 in her quarter-final.

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I had set my goals on getting a bronze but I think I have a chance of winning
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Richard Vaughan

And India's Aparna Popat cruised through with a 7-1 7-0 7-0 demolition of Canada's Denyse Julien.

Morgan's Welsh team-mate Richard Vaughan was the only non-Malaysian to make the last four of the men's singles as he guaranteed himself at least a bronze medal.

The fourth-seed beat India's Abhinn Shyam Gupta 7-4 7-1 3-7 7-3 to set up a semi-final meeting with Lee Tsuen Seng.

"I had set my goals on getting a bronze but I think I have a chance of winning tomorrow if I can recover properly in time," said Vaughan.

Seng cruised past New Zealand's Geoff Bellingham 7-4 7-0 7-2 as Malaysia continued to dominate the event.

His team-mate Wong Choong Hann beat Pullela Gopi Chand of India 7-1 7-1 7-4 and Muhammad Hafiz Hashim saw off New Zealand's Nick Hall 8-6 7-4 7-4.

Top seeds Nathan Robertson and Gail Emms suffered a shock exit in the quarter-finals of the mixed doubles.

The English favourites never got going against eighth seeds Chew Choon Eng and Chin Eei Hui of Malaysia, losing 5-7 6-8 7-1 4-7.

"They played just too well for us and we under performed in all sets," admitted Robertson.

"Even in the set we won, we were not in control the way we had been in the tournament.

"I hoped it would come after the third set but I felt pressure throughout the match.

"They played better than I thought. I wasn't expecting that and felt tired from yesterday."

McEwan hopes ended

There was better news for England as their other two mixed pairings moved into the semi-finals.

Simon Archer and Joanne Goode beat Kim Pong Lau and Yanmei Jiang in straight sets.

And Anthony Clark and Sara Sankey chalked up a similar victory against Canadian pair William Milroy and Denyse Julien.

New Zealand's Sara Runesten-Petersen helped to end the medal hopes of Scotland's Kirsteen McEwan in both the mixed and women's doubles.

First Runesten-Petersen teamed up with Daniel Shirley to beat McEwan and Russell Hogg 7-2 4-7 7-3 7-1 in the mixed quarter-final.

And she then progressed to the semi-finals of the women's doubles with Nicole Gordon as they beat McEwan and Elinor Middlemiss 6-8 7-3 7-5 3-7 7-4.

Joanne Muggeridge and Felicity Gallup threw away a two-game lead as they tumbled out at the quarter-final stage.

After beating top seeds Sara Sankey and Ella Miles on Thursday, the Welsh pair lost 7-4 7-1 1-7 0-7 4-7 to Wong Pei Ty and Chin Eei Hui of Malaysia.

Wales head coach Chris Rees revealed that Muggeridge had pulled a calf muscle at the beginning of the third game.

"If the injury hadn't happened they would have won and I know the two girls are gutted by the result," he said.

In the men's doubles, Malaysia's Chew Choon Eng and Chan Chong Ming beat Canada's William Milroy and Keith Chan 7-4 7-1 7-1 to move into the semi-finals.


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