England’s title hopes came to an end at the China Open in Shanghai today when all four remaining contenders bowed out on day two.
First to fall were Anthony Clark and Donna Kellogg. The European champions could not quite reproduce the level of play which yesterday took them past third seeds and Olympic rivals He Hanbin and Yu Yang of China.
Today they fell in three games against Chen Hong Ling and Chou Chia Chi of Taiwan, losing 21-18 20-22 21-15 in 53 minutes in the round of the last 16.
They must now wait to see if this year’s efforts have been enough to gain them a place in the end-of-year BWF Masters Finals in Malaysia from December 2-6.
Clark and Kellogg were followed out of the tournament by young prospects Chris Adcock and Gabby White, who fell to seventh seeds Songphon Anugritayawon and Kunchala Voravichitchaikul of Thailand 21-18 21-16.
In the singles two-time English National champion Rajiv Ouseph held two game points against Boonsak Ponsana at 20-18 in the opener before losing the first game 22-20 and the Thailand player pulled away in the second to take the game and the match 21-13.
And last hope Carl Baxter, the Nationals runner-up to Ouseph this year, fell to seventh seed Simon Santoso of Indonesia in a tough three-game battle 14-21 21-12 21-18 in a 54-minute duel.
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