Aussie badminton team beaten by Canada

Jeff Tho lunges to play a forehand return on day two of the badminton action at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games. Picture: GETTY

Jeff Tho lunges to play a forehand return on day two of the badminton action at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games. Picture: GETTY

Swan Hill's Ross Smith teams with Renuga Veeran in the mixed teams action for badminton at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games. Picture: GETTY

Swan Hill's Ross Smith teams with Renuga Veeran in the mixed teams action for badminton at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games. Picture: GETTY

AUSTRALIA was beaten by Canada in the mixed teams badminton action at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

The 3-2 defeat puts Australia's chances of qualifying for the quarter-finals in jeopardy.

The Australian team which took the court against Canada included Bendigo's Jeff Tho and Swan Hill's Ross Smith.

The clash with Canada was locked at two-all late on Friday before Canada's Michelle Li and Rachel Honderich scored a 26-24 21-12 win against Australia's top double combination of He Tian Tang and Renuga Venuga.

Tho was beaten in the singles contest with Andrew D'Souza, 21-10 21-8.

Smith won both matches he played.

The Swan Hill ace teamed with Renuga Veeran for a 21-11 21-17 victory.

It was an identical scoreline in the win achieved by Smith and Robbin Middleton.

Earlier on Friday, Australia scored a 5-0 win against Falkland Islands.

Tho and Bendigo's Glenn Warfe, playing at his third Commonwealth Games, won their matches.

Canada now will play Wales in the final group D tie on Saturday before the quarter-finalists are decided.

The six group winners and the next two best teams go through to the quarters.

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