January 2011 All News
Robertson and Wallwork edged out by Laybourn and Juhl in Taiwan
Nathan Robertson and Jenny Wallwork began their Victor BWF Super Series final campaign with an action replay of their Denmark Open final showdown with Thomas Laybourn and Kamilla Juhl – and the contest was just as close as their Copenhagen clash in October.
The Danish former world champions prevailed once again with a 21-11 18-21 21-14 victory after a 54-minute duel in Taiwan today.
In both the Denmark Open final and the world championships in August the Danes won in three games and now hold a 5-1 advantage.
It was their fourth meeting in the last 10 months with Robertson and Wallwork's only win against them coming at the Yonex All England Championships in March in another three-game battle.
Coach Julian Robertson said: "It was a tough match today, pretty much like the previous meetings between them.
"Nathan and Jenny started off slowly but then got their rhythm going in the second game, with better risk taking in the first four shots. More clinical placement from Nathan allowed Jenny to have more of an impact at the front to finish off.
"But a lapse in concentration early in the third game made it difficult for them to get back into the match and they were down all the way in the third set. The Danes were a little better in the first three shots in the third game and that made the difference.
"They need to win both games now to go through but they are looking forward to the challenge, especially tomorrow when they face the Yonex All England champions Zhang Nan and Zhao Yunlei."
In the other match in Group A Thailand’s Songphon Anugritayawan and Kunchala Voravichitchaikul had an equally close encounter before beating Chinese joint third seeds Zhang and Zhao 22-20 17-21 21-14 in 57 minutes.
It means Robertson and Wallwork need to beat Zhang and Zhao in tomorrow’s opening contest and then beat Songphon and Kunchala on Friday to keep alive their hopes of reaching the knockout semi-final stage as only the top two pairs in each group survive.
In Group B Korean pair Ha Jeung Eun and Ko Sung Hyun beat the other joint third seeds, Poland’s Robert Mateusiak and Nadiezda Zieba 21-18 21-18 while Indonesia’s Hendra Aprida Gunawan and Vita Marissa got the better of Thailand second seeds Sudket Prapakamol and Saralee Thounghthongkam 16-21 21-10 22-20 after saving a match point at 20-19.
For full results of all five events check out www.tournamentsoftware.com