October 2008 All News
Robertson and Wallwork tackle French Open
England's new mixed doubles pair get another chance to make an impact when the BWF Super Series circuit moves to Paris and this week’s 10th event on the circuit.
At the same time, Robert Blair and Imogen Bankier, the Anglo-Scottish pair who beat them in the second round of last week’s Denmark Open, will be looking to better their semi-final effort in Odense and climb even higher than their world ranking of No 12.
David Lindley and Suzanne Rayappan will also be out to show their worth after reaching the semi-finals in Denmark.
England No 1 and world No 19 Andrew Smith (Hants) faces Denmark’s Hans-Kristian Vittinghus in the first round on Wednesday but English National champion Rajiv Ouseph (Middx) has been unluckily drawn against Denmark Open winner and eighth seed Peter Gade of Denmark.
Carl Baxter (Avon) has been promoted from today’s qualifying into the main draw and faces a qualifier.
Jersey’s National champion Elizabeth Cann (Middx) faces Dutch star Yao Jie in the first round with Jill Pittard (Warks) meeting Finland’s Anu Nieminen.
Anthony Clark and Nathan Robertson (both Notts), who ran into Indonesia’s world and Olympic champions Markis Kido and Hendra Setiawan in the opening round in Denmark, now face Odense runners-up Fu Haifeng and Ye Shen in the Paris first round.
David Lindley (Notts) and Chris Langridge (Surrey) begin their bid against France’s Baptiste Careme and Laurent Constantin – but Denmark champions Kido and Setiawan await the winners in the second round.
In a tough draw Chris Adcock (Notts) and Robert Blair (Leics) are drawn against fifth seeds Mohd Zakry Abdul Latif and Mohd Fairuzizuan Mohd Tazari while Andrew Ellis (Yorks) and Richard Eidestedt (Bucks) must take on third seeded Malaysians Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong. At least Robert Adcock (Notts) and Robin Middleton (Yorks) will feel they have a match they can win when they face Germany’s Peter Kasbauer and Roman Spitko.
Heather Olver (Sussex) and Suzanne Rayappan (Herts), who did so well in reaching the last eight in Denmark, start their Paris bid against Germany’s Nicole Grether and Canada’s Charmaine Reid.
Former European champion Donna Kellogg (Derbyshire) teams up with Russia’s Anastasia Russkikh for a first-round clash with Malaysia’s Haw Chiou Hwee and Lim Pek Siah.
Jenny Wallwork and Gabby White (both Yorks) take on Nitya Krishinda Maheswari and Greysia Polii of Indonesia while Sarah Bok(Yorks) is back to partner Glasgow’s Imogen Bankier and they have a walkover to the second round – where they face second seeds Vita Marissa and Liliyana Natsir on Thursday.
Blair and Bankier have a first-round bye and the sixth seeds could face Chris Adcock and Gabby White in the second round if the 2007 world junior silver medalists beat Indonesia’s Devin Lahardi Fitriawn and Lita Nurlita in their opener.
Fourth seeds and European champions Clark and Kellogg have a first-round bye before getting the chance to avenge their Denmark quarter-final defeat by Joachim Fischer Nielsen and Christinna Pedersen, who were surprise champions in Odense.
Lindley and Rayappan begin their bid against Flandy Limpele an Greysia Polii .
If Robertson and Wallwork beat Endang Nursugianto and Anggun Nugroho in the first round, they will face Robert Adcock and Heather Olver in the second after the England youngsters received a walkover. Chris Langridge and Sarah Bok also gained a walkover after China’s Zheng Bo and Zhang Yawen pulled out.