March 2008 All News
Clark and Kellogg go down in Swiss final
Anthony Clark and Donna Kellogg lost in the Wilson Swiss Open mixed doubles final in Basel.
After a brilliant week the England pair just could not get the better of He Hanbin and Yu Yang in the final. They went down 21-15 21-9 against the Chinese fifth seeds, who had beaten Nathan Robertson and Gail Emms in the Denmark Open final in October - the event where Clark and Kellogg were defending champions.
But as well as giving Clark and Kellogg a ranking lift, this week's efforts will put them in good heart for the European championships in Denmark next month.
Lin Dan, runner-up in the Yonex All England final in Birmingham when he was hampered by a knee injury, beat second seed Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia in the men's singles final in straight games.
And Xie Xingfang, who like Zhang Ning lost in the first round in Birmingham, won the women's singles when she beat her team-mate and Olympic champion in straight games in the final.
China ended up with four titles compared to two in Birmingham, winning an all-Chinese women's doubles final.
The men's doubles went to Koreans Lee Yong Dae and Jung Jae Sung, who added the Swiss to their All England title after their third final appearance in consecutive weeks. They were runners-up in the German final.
Anthony Clark and Donna Kellogg produced one of their best ever performances to beat two-time world champions Nova Widianto and Liliyana Natsir in three games to reach the Wilson Swiss Open final.
In Sunday's final they will meet He Hanbin and Yu Yang, the Chinese pair who beat Nathan Robertson and Gail Emms in the Denmark Open final in October.
Clark and Kellogg's week in Basel has got better and better. They beat eighth seeds Robertson and Emms in the second round, third seeds Flandy Limpele and Vita Marissa in straight games in the quarter-finals.
Then tonight they came back from a game down to beat Widianto and Natsir on their second match point, winning 23-25 21-14 21-14. It could have been over in two games if they had taken the game point that came their way in the opener.
They've done it again. Anthony Clark and Donna Kellogg produced another scintillating display to defeat third seeds Flandy Limpele and Vita Marissa of Indonesia to reach the semi-finals of the Wils Swiss Open in Basel tonight.
The England pair, chasing a possible Olympic seeding, won 21-12 21-12 to earn a semi-final clash with world champions and Yonex All England runers-up Nova Widianto and Liliyana Natsir, the Indonesian second seeds.
But there was disappointment for Kellogg and Gail Emms as the European champions went down in the women's doubles in the opening group of matches on quarter-finals night, losing to Korean fourth seeds Lee Hyo Jung and Lee Kyung Won 21-10 21-17.
ANTHONY CLARK and Donna Kellogg won the battle of Britain today as they defeated England team-mates Nathan Robertson and Gail Emms in booking their place in the Wilson Swiss Open quarter-finals.
Victory over the Olympic silver medallists and eighth seeds will give Clark and Kellogg a real boost as they look for the vital ranking points which will lift them high enough to acquire a seeding in Beijing. They have slipped from No 9 to No 11 in today's new world rankings while Robertson and Emms are No 6.
Clark and Kellogg, who lost to Robertson and Emms in the 2006 world final before beating them for the first time in the English Nationals in February 2007, had two match points to win the contest in straight games. But in the end they took the 52-minute struggle 21-19 21-23 21-9.
It earned them a quarter-final against Flandy Limpele and Vita Marissa. The Indonesian third seeds avenged their first-round defeat by England's Robert Blair and Scotland's Imogen Bankier at the Yonex All England Championships in Birmingham last week with a 21-12 21-15 win.
David Lindley and Suzanne Rayappan almost joined Clark and Kellogg in the quarters,losing a tight contest with seventh seeds Sudket Prapakamol and Saralee Thoughthongkam of Thailand 17-21 21-17 21-16.
There was another all-English contest later when European champions Emms and Kellogg took on Joanne Nicholas and Natalie Munt in the women's doubles second round.
Emms and Kellogg won in straight games and face fourth seeded Koreans Lee Kyung Won and Lee Hyo Jung in the opening quarter-final on Friday afternoon.
Robert Blair also had a second chance to make the quarter-finals when he and Richard Eidestedt tackled the men's doubles second round. But they went out in straight games against Markis Kido and Hendra Setiawan, the Indonesian second seeds.
The new men's singles rankings have Andrew Smith still at No 32 while Olympic rival Richard Vaughan has drifted to No 39.
Denmark's Tine Rasmussen has climbed to No 7 following her Yonex All England triumph.
Former world champions Nathan Robertson and Gail Emms are back on the winning trail following their Yonex All England semi-final exit.
The Commonwealth champions and eighth seeds won their first-round match at the Wilson Swiss Open in Basel this morning when they beat Hendri Kurniawan Saputra and Li Yujia of Indonesia. 21-17 21-12.
But their reward is a second-round clash with their England team-mates Anthony Clark and Donna Kellogg, who won their opener against New Zealand's Craig Cooper and Renee Flavell 21-12 21-18.
It will be the two England pairs' first meeting in an international tournament since the 2006 world final when Robertson and Emms came out on top. Overall they have met three times with Robertson and Emms winning in the 2005 China and Denmark Opens as well.
Robert Blair and Imogen Bankier will meet the winners of the big all-English clash in the last eight - they met Robertson and Emms in the Birmingham quarter-finals - if they can win their second-round test.
They opened up with a win against Chieh Min Fang and Wen Hsing Cheng of Taiwan 21-11 21-5 and now face third seeds Flandy Limpele and Vita Marissa of Indonesia. That will not be such a daunting prospect, having beaten them in the first round in Birmingham 21-15 21-16.
Richard Eidestedt and Joanne Nicholas went down in the first round against second seeds and world champions Nova Widianto and Liliyana Natsir, the Yonex All England runners-up who put out Robertson and Emms in the semi-finals.
England's other contenders, David Lindley and Suzanne Rayappan, are through to the second round after beating Gun Woo Cho and Ha Jung Eun of Korea 21-17 21-18
Andrew Smith's Olympic race with Richard Vaughan looks like going down to the wire after both fell in the first round. Smith lost 21-15 21-17 to China's Chen Yu. Vaughan went down to Poland's Przemyslaw Wacha 21-19 21-19.
Smith is at No 32 in the world rankings and Welshman Vaughan at No 38 and the England No 1 needs to stay in front by the April 30 deadline to win the one men's singles slot in Beijing.
To follow the results check out the Wilson Swiss Open on www.tournamentsoftware.com