Nathan Robertson and Jenny Wallwork gave themselves an Olympic boost today when they came back from a game down to defeat GB rivals Chris Adcock and Imogen Bankier in the first round of the mixed doubles at the Maybank Malaysian Open.
The Commonwealth silver medallists lost the opening game 21-14 to the world silver medallists before hitting back hard to level the match 21-17 then take the decider 21-8 in a 54-minute contest.
The match was finely poised in the second game as world No 16s Adcock and Bankier recovered from13-10 down to level at 13-13 before Robertson and Wallwork pulled away again.
The Anglo-Scottish pair led 3-1 in the decider but once Robertson and Wallwork drew level there was no stopping them as they swept to victory in this first meeting between the pairs.
In tomorrow's second round Robertson and Wallwork, who are ranked No 23 in the world, will face Danny Bawa Chrisnanta and Yu Yan Vanessa Yeo, the Indonesian pair who are ranked eight places below them.
Robert Blair and Gabby White, who are ranked No 18, faced fourth seeds Tontowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsir later in the day but went down 21-13 21-17 in 29 minutes against the Indonesian pair who also beat them in straight games in last month's Superseries finals group stages.
Wallwork and White were also in women's doubles action today. The Leeds pair, who had been promoted from qualifying, went down against Korean second seeds Ha Jung Eun and Kim Min Jung 21-9 21-18.
In the men's singles Rajiv Ouseph went down 21-12 21-14 to Chinese third seed Chen Long but made a good fight of it in the second game after recovering from 15-6 to within three points at 17-14.
In one of the last matches of the day Adcock and Andrew Ellis put in a strong men's doubles display before going down in three games to Chinese third seeds Biao Chai and Guo Zhendong.
The world No. 24 pair took the first game 21-12 before the Chinese hit back to take the next two 21-13 21-13 in a 54-minute contest.
The Maybank Malaysia Open, presented by Proton, is the second event of the OSIM BWF Superseries 2012.
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