Sunday, 21 Jul 2024

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The Yonex All England Open first round saw some surprising outcomes today, as defending Men’s Doubles champions, Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan, and Women’s Singles top seed Li Xuerui were knocked out of the tournament.

Indonesia’s Defending Champions Fall

Ahsan and Setiawan, one of Indonesia’s main hopes for glory, lost a hard-fought match to Fu Haifeng and Zhang Nan, who displayed relentless attacking abilities. Li Xuerui, on the other hand, faced a challenging match against her compatriot Sun Yu, who took advantage of Li’s lingering foot injury. Sun’s victory was a clear indication of Li’s struggle to perform at her best. Despite the disappointment, Li acknowledged Sun’s skills and accepted the defeat gracefully.

Indonesian Hopes Dashed

Fu and Zhang’s success continued as they defeated the reigning Men’s Doubles title-holders, Ahsan and Setiawan. Despite the Indonesian duo’s efforts, Fu and Zhang proved to be too strong and advanced to the quarter-finals. Setiawan admitted that their defense was lacking, and praised the Chinese pair for their performance.

Unexpected Victories

Mads Conrad-Petersen and Mads Pieler Kolding continued their impressive run by defeating Malaysia’s Goh V Shem and Tan Wee Kiong, securing a spot in the All England quarter-finals for the first time. Gideon Markus Fernaldi and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo, another standout pair, also advanced by eliminating India’s Manu Attri and Sumeeth Reddy. These unexpected wins have set the stage for thrilling semi-final matchups.

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Mixed Doubles and Women’s Singles

Praveen Jordan and Debby Susanto showcased their skills by defeating Hong Kong’s Chan Yun Lung and Tse Ying Suet. They will join their Indonesian colleagues, Tontowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsir, in the quarter-finals. In Women’s Singles, Wang Shixian and Wang Yihan secured victories to advance in the tournament. Saina Nehwal, who will face Wang Yihan in the next round, expressed the challenges of competing at the All England and acknowledged the tough competition from established players like Tai Tzu Ying, Sung Ji Hyun, Carolina Marin, and Ratchanok Intanon.

Men’s Singles

Lin Dan, Chen Long, Kento Momota, and Sho Sasaki showcased their strength in Men’s Singles. Jan Jorgensen and Rajiv Ouseph also secured victories, bringing excitement to English fans.

For the full list of results, please click here.