Carl Baxter and doubles pair Nathan Robertson and Jenny Wallwork were England’s big winners on first-round day at the Wilson Swiss Open in Basel.
Avon’s Baxter defeated Thailand’s Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk 15-21 22-20 21-16 in 53 minutes to earn a second-round clash with Vietnam seventh seed Tien Minh Nguyen tomorrow.
But there was disappointment for Rajiv Ouseph as the Middlesex man fell to Hu Yun of China 21-14 25-23.
In the mixed doubles Robertson (Notts) and Wallwork (Yorks), quarter-finalists at last week’s Yonex All England Championships, moved into the second round with a 21-13 26-24 win over Noriyasu Hirata and Miyuki Maeda of Japan.
But Anthony Clark (Notts) suffered a disappointing day in Basel. First he and Heather Olver (Sussex) lost to Shin Baek Cheol and Yoo Hyun Yung of Korea 21-15 21-10. And in the men’s doubles Clark and Robertson, last year’s Singapore Open winners, were forced to retire at 9-5 down in the opening game against Denmark’s Simon Mollyhus and Rasmus Bonde after only four minutes of action because of injury to Clark.
There were two more mixed doubles disappointments in the morning session with Robin Middleton (Yorks) and Mariana Agathangelou (Avon) losing to second seeds and Olympic champions Lee Yong Dae and Lee Hyo Jung of Korea 21-13 21-9 while Chris Adcock (Notts) and Gabby White (Yorks) went down 14-21 21-17 21-19 after a brave battle against fifth seeds Tao Jiaming and Zhang Yawen.
The Chinese pair, who were All England quarter-finalists, now meet Robertson and Wallwork tomorrow.
That left Jersey’s four-times English National champion Elizabeth Cann in singles, Middleton and Chris Langridge (Surrey) in men’s doubles, and women’s doubles pairs Wallwork and White and Olver and Agathangelou in first-round action later as they bid to join Baxter and Robertson and Wallwork in the second round. Scotland’s Susan Egelstaff is also in action tonight.
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