Victorian Institute of Sport

Duo downed by Taipei

Saturday, 13 August 2016

Sawan Serasinghe and Matthew Chau lost their third pool match in Rio, going down to the Taipei team of Sheng Mu Lee and Chia Hsin Tsai 14-21, 19-21.

They finished in fourth position in their group and did not progress to the quarter-finals of the Olympic tournament.

It was a fierce battle in the second game especially when the Aussies came back from a 9-15 deficit to draw even at 16-16, and again at 18-18.

Serasinghe and Chau fired up, aggressively leading play, hitting repeated unreturnable smashes and pushing their opponents around the court.

However, the momentum swung quickly and after an error from the green and gold, Lee and Tsai took their opportunity to close the match.

Earlier in the tournament the Aussie duo faced top seeded Malaysia, giving their all on centre court and challenging the respected team. They eventually lost 14-20, 16-21, but took a lot away from the battle.

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