Marcus Ellis and Lauren Smith marched into the second round of the World Championships in Nanjing this morning, beating Yugo Kobayashi and Misaki Matsutomo in three sets. These two pairs have never played before as the Japanese pair are a relatively new partnership. But in the form of Olympic Gold and World Championship Bronze medallist, the experienced Matsutomo has real pedigree.
Having received a first round bye, Ellis and Smith’s reward for their 13-21 21-16 21-14 win is a second round match up with the Malaysian eighth seeds Chan and Goh. This will be the first meeting between these two pairs.
Chris and Gabby Adcock sailed through their opening match against Indian pair Kapoor and Garg in the second round. Having also received a first round bye, the sixth seeds had little struggle booking a third round tie with China’s ninth seeds He Jiting and Du Yue.
Chloe Birch did well to take Zhang Beiwen, the Women’s 12th seed, to three sets. Winning the first set against a vastly more experienced opponent is a great achievement from the Preston-born Birch. Her recent run of form and considerable improvement bodes very well for an exciting future for the singles player.
Toby Penty also lost, but unashamedly to Spanish number one Pablo Aiban.
Men's Doubles Commonwealth Champions Marcus Ellis and Chris Langridge lost out to Indian pair Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty in their World’s first round match this morning.
Remember Rajiv Ouseph also has his much anticipated third round tie with Shi Yuqi tomorrow too.
See allenglandbadminton.com tomorrow morning for live blog updates and overnight scores.