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An easy day for the favourites

The fancied teams cruised through their opening matches at the opening day of the XIX Commonwealth Games 2010 Delhi Mixed Team Badminton event at Siri Fort Sports Complex on Monday. Leading the way is the defending champion Malaysia, who took care of Isle of Man in a Group A match without having to raise a sweat.

The Malaysians did not even field their strongest line-up, choosing to rest a couple of their regulars and yet ended up beating their opponent 5-0 in a best of five-match encounter. The world No. 1 in the Men's Singles Chong Wei Lee had an easy workout with a straight game win over Joshua Green from Isle of Man as did their No. 1 women's singles player Mew Choo Wong. But their best combination in the Men's Doubles Kien Keat Koo and Boon Heong Tan were rested as was the veteran Women's Doubles player Ee Hu Chin.

 Australia also got off to a good start with a 5-0 whitewash of Seychelles in another Group A match while England, silver medallist at the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games, defeated Falkland Islands in their opening Group C match by the same margin. Singapore, the pre-tournament favourite from Group B, beat Northern Ireland 5-0 and Canada shut out out Uganda in a Group C match by the same margin. GNS