June 2009 All News

Blair and Bankier win through to Indonesia quarter finals
18.06.09

Clark and Robertson's run ends but Blair and Bankier march on in Jakarta

NEW Aviva Singapore Open menís doubles champions Anthony Clark and Nathan Robertsonís winning streak came to an end today when they lost a close second-round clash with Joko Riyadi and Luluk Hadiyanto at the Djarum Indonesian Open in Jakarta.

The English National champions went down 21-16 24-22 despite being level at 19-19 in the second game, the Indonesians winning on their fourth match point after a 39-minute duel.

Robertson and Clark bow out in IndonesiaBut the Nottinghamshire pair, who won the silver medal at the 2004 European championships, can take satisfaction from the fact that their triumph over the world and Olympic champions Hendra Setiawan and Markis Kido in Sundayís Singapore final has boosted them from No 19 to No 10 in todayís new BWF world rankings.

That made them Englandís top pair, one place ahead of Robert Blair and Chris Adcock. And Clark is also at No 10 in the mixed doubles with Donna Kellogg (Derbyshire).

Englandís Robert Blair (Leics) and Scotlandís Imogen Bankier (Glasgow) made up for Robertson and Clarkís disappointment in the menís doubles by reaching the quarter-finals of the mixed doubles with a battling display against eight seeds Sudket Prapakamol and Saralee Thoungthongkam.

Blair and Bankier won 21-19 11-21 21-11 in 53 minutes and now face Olympic champions and second seeds Lee Yong Dae and Lee Hyo Jung of Korea.

Bankier had high hopes of a second quarter-final place but she and Englandís Donna Kellogg went down to sixth seeds Zhang Yawen and Zhao Tingting of China 21-11 21-10 in the womenís doubles second round.

That left Robertson and Jenny Wallwork to bid for their place in the mixed doubles quarter-finals against Han Sang Hoon and Jang Ye Na of Korea but they went down 21-15 21-16 to leave Blair and Bankier the sole British survivors.

On the ranking front, Englandís two-time National champion Rajiv Ouseph (Middx) may have gone out in the first round in Indonesia but he has climbed from No 30 to a career-best world No 26 thanks to his recent run of good form.

And that has made him the top British singles player in the world rankings after England team-mate Andrew Smith (Hants) slipped from No 22 to No 31. Avonís Carl Baxter, who was injured in the qualifying rounds in Jakarta, is No 37.

In the womenís singles Scotlandís Susan Hughes from Glasgow is the highest ranked British woman at No 29 with Englandís former National champion Elizabeth (Jersey) at No 33 and reigning National champion Jill Pittard (Warks) at No 35.

In the womenís doubles Leeds pairs Wallwork and Gabby White are at No 22 while in the mixed doubles European champions Clark and Kellogg are No 10, Blair and Bankier No 12, David Lindley (Notts) and Suzanne Rayppan (Herts) at No 19, Adcock and White No 20 and Robertson and Wallwork are No 42.