Canada ousted in mixed doubles badminton
Canada is out of the running in mixed doubles badminton, after both pairs were eliminated following opening-round defeats Saturday.
Jody Patrick of Calgary and Mike Beres of Mt. Pleasant, Ont., put up a good fight, but fell two sets to one (15-17, 15-11, 15-4) to Johanna Persson and Frederik Bergstrom of Sweden.
Denyse Julien of Calgary and Philippe Bourret of Montreal, lost 2-0 (15-4, 15-6) to Sara Petersen and Daniel Shirley of New Zealand.
"I am happy with the way we played," Patrick told the Olympic News Service after the match. "(Sweden) is a good team. We saw it coming for us (in the first game) and we had to attack."
"I believe we played one of our best games," Beres added. "Personally I am in the best shape ever."
The mixed doubles event continues on Sunday at the Goudi Olympic Complex.
Julien moves on to partner up with newcomer Anna Rice of Vancouver in women's doubles on Monday, where they will face Thailand in the opening round. Julien and Rice are currently ranked 29th in the world.
Earlier Saturday, Charmaine Reid of Niagara Falls, Ont., lost in the first round of women's singles play to Jun Jae Yoon of South Korea in straight sets, 11-4 and 11-5.
Reid returns with Helen Nichol of Burlington, Ont., to play Taipei in women's doubles on Monday. Reid and Nichol are the top-ranked women's pair in Canada and the Pan Americas.