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Badminton: Ireland's Chloe Magee falls to France's Hongya

Updated: Tuesday, 31 Jul 2012 18:08 | Comments

Chloe Magee led the final game at one stage
Chloe Magee led the final game at one stage

Ireland's Chloe Magee bowed out of the London 2012 women's singles Badminton competition despite a superb performance against former world number two Pi Hongya of France.

Magee claimed an early lead in what was effectively a shoot-out for a place in the last 16 at Wembley Arena but Pi recovered to win 16-21 21-18 21-14.

Magee, the world number 44 from Raphoe in County Donegal, recovered from a four-point deficit early on to take the first game.

Pi, with both knees and an ankle strapped, showed her fortitude to take the match to a decider but had to dig even deeper to secure the match.

Magee edged into a 9-7 lead early in the third and continued to defend well as Pi tried to take the attack to her.

But Pi levelled and began to edge away after the mid-game interval, eventually completing victory in 60 minutes.

Pi, the 16th seed and quarter-finalist four years ago, now moves through to the knockout stage as the winner of Group I.

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