England's two men's singles hopes are through to the second round of the Yonex All England Open Championships.

Three-times English National champion Rajiv Ouseph began his campaign at the 100th Championships with a 21-17 21-19 win over Matthieu Lo Ying Ping of France and is now likely to face third seed and 2008 champion Chen Jin of China.

Andrew Smith also went through to the second round with a convincing win over Dutchman Eric Pang 21-10 21-11 and he now meets former Olympic and world champion Taufik Hidayat. Smith faced the fourth seed last year and took the first game before losing to him in three.

Scotland's Commonwealth bronze medallist Susan Egelstaff, Britain’s only player in the main draw, beat Sayaka Sato of Japan 21-9 21-19 to earn a second-round clash with sixth seed Lu Lan of China.

The big home match of the first round brought together former world junior silver medallists Chris Adcock and Gabby White against Robert Blair and Glasgow's Imogen Bankier. And Blair defied the back strain which forced him to quit Sunday's Yonex German Open as the Anglo-Scottish pair won 21-19 17-21 21-17.

But there was disappointment for Blair and Adcock later in the evening when Blair was forced to retire at 20-14 down in their men's doubles first-round match against Fang Chieh Min and Lee Sheng Mu of Taipei.

Singapore Open winners Anthony Clark and Nathan Robertson, England's big hopes of success, got off to a winning start by beating the 2005 world champions Howard Bach and Tony Gunawan of USA 21-16 21-15. They are now likely to face China's seventh seeds Guo Zhendong and Xu Chen of China.

But Andrew Ellis and Dean George, who came through Tuesday's qualifying, suffered a first-round exit, going down 21-19 21-14 to Hiroyuki Endo and Yoshiteru Hirobe of Japan.

In the women's doubles White and Jenny Wallwork put up a strong display by beating Jang Ye Na and Hyun Young Yoo of Korea 16-21 21-17 21-18. They are now likely to face Japan's No. 6 seeds Miyuki Maeda and Satoko Suetsuna. But Mariana Agathangelou and Heather Olver went out against Dutch stars Judith Meulendijks and Yao Jie 21-18 21-9.

The singles surprise of day one was the first-round men's singles defeat of Jan O Jorgensen of Denmark. He was beaten by China's Chen Long 21-16 21-10. But Chen, a former world junior champion, is only one place behind Jorgensen in the world rankings at No.10.

But the biggest shock of the day was the defeat of 2007 champions and top seeds Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong of Malaysia. The pair came to Birmingham having won the previous Super Series event, the Malaysian Open, but they fell to 2003 world champions Lars Paaske and Jonas Rasmussen of Denmark 21-13 21-11.

Later tonight Robertson and Wallwork and Clark and Olver opened their mixed doubles campaign.

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