June 2009 All News
Clark and Robertson off to a winning start in Indonesia
Former European silver medalists Anthony Clark and Nathan Robertson continued the form that swept them to the Aviva Singapore Open title when they won their opening men’s doubles match at the Djarum Indonesia Open in Jakarta tonight.
The English National champions (both Notts), who are again unseeded but will close in on a place in the world’s top 10 when the new world rankings are announced tomorrow, came from behind to beat seventh seeds Mohammad Ahsan and Bona Septano of Indonesia 15-21 21-16 21-10.
In the second round they face another clash with Chen Hong Ling and Lin Yu Lang, who they defeated in Singapore, if the Taiwan pair beat Indonesia Luluk Hadiyanto and Joko Riyadi.
It was a good day all round for Robertson, who won his opening mixed doubles with Jenny Wallwork (Yorks) by beating Hong Kong’s Chau Hoi Wau and Yohan Hadikusumo Wiratama 21-9 19-21 21-17 to earn a second-round clash with Koreans Han Sang Hoon and Jang Ye Na.
But Clark and Donna Kellogg (Derbyshire), the European champions, were again out of luck as they went down 21-16 24-22 against China’s sixth seeds Xie Zhongbo and Zhang Yawen despite saving three game points in the second.
Former world junior silver medalists Chris Adcock (Notts) and Gabby White (Yorks) also fell in the first round but there were, after all, up against Olympic champions Lee Yong Dae and Lee Hyo Jung, the Korean second seeds winning 21-9 21-6.
England’s Robert Blair(Leics) is in action later tonight with Glasgow’s Imogen Bankier, who is through to the women’s doubles second round with Kellogg following a fine 21-12 21-18 win over Jo Novita and Rani Mundiasti of Indonesia.
Bankier and Kellogg are likely to face China’s sixth seeds Zhang Yawen and Zhao Tingting next.
But Leeds pair White and Wallwork were edged out 21-13 18-21 21-18 by Melati Nadya and Natalia Poulokan of Indonesia.
Blair and Adcock also fell in the men’s doubles, losing to tough Malaysian pair Chan Chong Ming and Chew Choong Eng 21-17 24-22 despite holding game point at 21-20.
In the men’s singles world No 30 Rajiv Ouseph (Middx) fell to Dutchman Dicky Palayama 21-14 21-18 while world No 22 Andrew Smith (Hants) went down to former world and Olympic champion Taufik Hidayat of Indonesia 21-10 21-15.
In later action Blair and Bankier faced Dutch pair Jorrit De Ruiter and Ilse Vaessen and came from behind to win 16-21 21-19 21-10 despite trailing for the first half of the second game. In the second round they face eighth seeds Sudket Prapakamol and Saralee Thoungthongkam of Thailand.
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9am Blair & Bankier v (8) Sudket Prapakamol & Saralee Thoungthongkam
9.30am: Clark & Robertson v Luluk Hadiyanto & Joko Riyadi (Ina)
12 noon Bankier & Kellogg v (6) Zhang Yawen & Zhao Tingting
1.15 Robertson & Wallwork v Han Sang Hoon & Jang Ye Na