Confidence was visible for all to see as Tom Wolfenden and Peter Briggs walked off court following their All England first round victory, and even with a testing tie to come in the last 16, the pair see no reason why their winning streak can’t continue.
Having progressed to the main draw following Tuesday’s qualification rounds, Wolfenden and Briggs faced Indian pair Manu Attri and Reddy B. Sumeeth on Wednesday – a duo they know only too well.
They cruised through the opening game, before their opponents battled back in the second to restore parity heading into the decider.
And while it was a neck-and-neck affair as both pairs fought to secure a second round berth, it was the English stars who prevailed 21-19 10-21 21-18, and Wolfenden insists the result was never in doubt.
“I think we started off really well, we came into the match with belief that we could win,” he said.
“We’ve played them two times previously and just lost out, despite being close in the third game both times.
“We knew we could beat them, we knew we could challenge them, and we came out and won the first set.
“The second set didn’t quite go to plan, we slowed down and they got their tactics a little bit better.
“We knew in the third that we could turn it around. It was close throughout, but we managed to get over the finish line.
“We go in with the belief that we can win against any pair. We’ve challenged some of the top pairs in the world, and having played the Indians before, we knew we could challenge them and we knew we could win.”
Now in its 107th year, the YONEX All England Open Championships welcomes the world’s finest badminton stars to Birmingham’s Barclaycard Arena for six days of enthralling action.
Next up for Wolfenden and Briggs is a challenging fixture with Indonesian fifth seeds Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo, a pair they are yet to face across the net.
And while Briggs admits they are in no doubt of the battle that awaits, he insists their style of play can pave the way for further success.
“We’ll approach our next match with the same mentality – we want to win and we believe we can win,” he said.
“They are another very technical pair so it’s going to be quite tricky, we’re going to have to make sure we get ourselves in to it.
“But the Indonesian style suits us, so if we can perform at a high level, I don’t see any reason why we can’t take them out.”
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