HONG KONG'S medal count at the Commonwealth Games has officially begun. The badminton team and visually impaired singles bowler Carlos Antunes have ensured the territory of at least two bronze medals, with the promise of richer booty very much within their grasps. Women's singles player Chan Oi-ni sparked Hong Kong's early badminton celebrations with a 12-10, 11-5 victory over New Zealand's Rhona Robertson, which gave the territory and unbeatable 3-0 lead in an overall 3-2 victory - and second place in Section A behind England. But the crucial result came in their previous match when they defeated Canada 3-2, also after taking a 3-0 lead. The two victories, over the second and fourth-placed teams in the 1990 Auckland Games, secured Hong Kong a place in the semi-finals and a guaranteed bronze medal. Both semi-finalists receive bronze medals, the same case with the bowls, with 54-year-old Antunes the joint leader of Section B with Australia's John Hubbard. Both bowlers have exactly the same record with two wins from two matches and an identical shot difference of 42-3. Antunes defeated Zimbabwe's David Farau 21-1 in his second match, while Hubbard overwhelmed England's Jack Pryor 21-3. Antunes and Hubbard now play each other, with the winner taking on the first-placed bowler in Section A in the gold medal final. Hong Kong's visually impaired women's singles player, Sunny Tang, maintained her medal prospects despite being narrowly beaten 21-20 by Catherine Portas in her second match. Tang is in second place in Section A, ahead of Canada's Tracy Manca on shot difference. She must beat winless Australian June Goodhand in her final preliminary match to secure a bronze and could still win the group if Manca beats Portas in the other Section A clash. The men's fours team of Noel Kennedy, George Souza, Danny Ho and Mel Stewart leapt to the top of Section A after their third straight victory, a 23-7 triumph over Zimbabwe. But their biggest test is yet to come. After a day off, they play Northern Ireland, who also have three victories out of three and trail Hong Kong in second place on shot difference. There was heartbreak for women's singles player Rosemary McMahon, who was beaten 25-24 by Rita Jones, of Wales, in her opening match of Section B. The men's pair of Mark McMahon and his father Bill, playing in one of the toughest groups in the whole competition, lost 23-21 to South Africa in their opening Section A match. The women's duo of Rae O'Donnell and Linda Smith, however, won their first Section A match, 22-17 against Northern Ireland. In the badminton team event, Hong Kong play Malaysia, winners of Pool B, in the semi-finals while England take on Pool B runners-up Australia. While New Zealand were expected to be beaten, the victory over Canada in their penultimate group match was decisive in shaping Pool A's final standings. Mixed doubles pair Chan Siu-kwong and Chung Ho-yuk encountered sturdy resistance from Canadian pair Brian Blanshard and Denyse Julien, but prevailed 15-10, 15-11 to put Hong Kong 1-0 up in the match. Men's singles player Wong Wai-lap made a host of errors in the first set against Iain Sydie and needed more than one hour to win 10-15, 15-6, 15-7 to give Hong Kong a 2-0 lead. Chan Oi-ni sealed Hong Kong's victory with a 12-9, 11-1 win over Canada's Deng Sian in the women's singles, coming back from 5-9 in the first set. But Canada's next two pairings were too strong for Hong Kong. Chan Siu-kwong, rested in the territory's 4-1 defeat to England on the first day, and his partner Tam Kai-chuen were beaten 18-14, 15-4 by Blanshard and Mike Bitten in the men's doubles. Canada won the last rubber of the match with their women's doubles pair of Julien and Claire Sharpe beating Hong Kong's Tung Chau-man and Wong Chun-fan 15-8, 15-5. The match against New Zealand was a near-repeat of the Canada game. Chan Siu-kwong and Chung beat Dean Galt and Tammy Jenkins 15-8, 15-10 before Wong overcame Nicholas Hall 10-15, 15-12, 15-1. After Chan Oi-ni won her match, the men's doubles pair lost 17-14, 15-7 to Galt and Grant Walker and the Hong Kong women were beaten 15-10, 15-2 by Robertson and Jenkins.