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England find it tough in Tokyo

Chris and Gabby Adcock, Japan Open, 2014, 220

Chris and Gabby Adcock were England’s only early winners on first-round day at the Yonex Japan Open in Tokyo.

The second seeds overcame a slow start to defeat young Japanese pair Kenta Kazuno and Yui Miyauchi 17-21 21-8 21-15. The Hong Kong Open winners could have won in straight games if they had built on an 11-7 lead in the first.

But they moved into the second round after a 50-minute contest and will face a tougher test tomorrow against dangerous Danish pair Mads Pieler Kolding and Kamilla Rytter Juhl in a first meeting between the pairs.

Chris Langridge and Heather Olver failed to join them in the second round but they put in a strong performance in taking on Olympic and 2011 world champions Zhang Nan and Zhao Yunlei in one of the day’s opening matches.

The top seeds were made to work for their 21-17 21-18 victory with the England pair leading 15-8 in the second game before the top seeds hit back hard with nine points in a row on the way to victory.

In the men’s singles Rajiv Ouseph came up against Indonesia’s Tommy Sugiarto and has still to take a game off him in five meetings. The fifth seed won 21-10 21-15.

England will be looking to make their mark in the evening session when Gabby Adcock and Lauren Smith and Olver and Kate Robertshaw begin their women’s doubles challenge against Japanese pairs.

In the men’s doubles Langridge and Peter Mills have a hard task when they face Denmark’s Pieler Kolding and Mads Conrad- Petersen. The Danes have won their three previous meetings.

Eighth seeds Adcock and Ellis meet Japan’s Takuto Inoue and Yuki Kaneko.
After the Superseries action in Tokyo, the players will head to Jakarta for next week’s Indonesian Open, a Premier event on the MetLife BWF Superseries circuit.

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