July 2009 All News
Tough World Championship tests for England squad
European champions Anthony Clark and Donna Kellogg (pictured) have received a good start to the Yonex-Sunrise World Championships in the Indian city of Hyderabad from August 10-16.
The 2006 mixed doubles silver medallists and 11th seeds will meet son and mother partnership Misha and Svetlana Zilberman of Israel in the first round and should not be tested before the third round and a likely clash with fifth seeds Xie Zhongbo and Zhang Yawen of China after the draw was made in new Delhi today.
Nathan Robertson and Jenny Wallwork received a first-round bye before facing a tricky second round against India’s eighth seeds Diju Valiyaveetil and Jwala Gutta. Beyond that 12th seeds Robert Mateusiak and Nadiezdaq Kostiuczykk of Poland should be next up.
England’s third mixed pair of Chris Adcock and Gabby White face the toughest start against Korean 15th seeds Yeon Seong Yoo and Min Jung Kim.
Singapore Open winners Clark and Robertson (pictured) start their men's doubles title bid against German pair Kristof Hopp and Johannes Schoettler.
Robertson, the 2006 world mixed doubles champion, and Clark, who won a second silver medal in men's doubles in the same Madrid championships, are likely to face China’s He Hanbin and Shen Yu of China in the second round if England's ninth seeds win their opener.
But England’s women’s doubles pair of White and Wallwork face a tough start against Indonesian 10th seeds Shendy Puspa irawati and Meiliana Jauhari.
In the men’s singles Rajiv Ouseph, the world No 24, has a straightforward opener against Nigerian Ola Fagbemi but is then likely to meet top seed Lee Chong Wei if the Malaysian, as expected, overcomes German Dieter Domke.
The draw was even tougher on world No 29 Andrew Smith, who must beat Denmark’s world No. 20 Jan O Jorgensen if he is to get a likely crack at Korean eighth seed Park Sung Hwan.
Smith is preparing for the Worlds by playing the Yonex Australian Open Grand Prix in Melbourne. But after a first-round bye and a 22-20 21-17 win over New Zealand's Bjorn Seguin, the fourth seed went down in the last 16
to Indonesia's Dionysius Hayom Rumbaka
21-8 17-21 21-19. Smith will be back in action next week in New Zealand.
Performance Director Ian Moss and the squad will be based in their Doha training camp from August 3-6 before flying on to Hyderabad.