The new badminton mixed doubles pairing of Anthony Clark and Heather Olver made a stunning start to their partnership by beating the number seven seeds at the Proton Malaysia Open in Kuala Lumpur today (Wednesday).
The pair are competing in their first tournament after joining forces following the retirement last month of Clark’s former partner, Donna Kellogg.
Clark (pictured here with Kellogg) and Olver beat Polish number seven seeds Robert Mateusiak and Nadiezda Kostiuczyk 23-21 12-21 21-16 in their first round contest.
In the second round they now face another comparatively new English partnership – Nathan Robertson and Jenny Wallwork - who won their opening contest of the Malaysia Open against Wong Wai Hong and Chau Hoi Wah of Hong Kong 21-15 21-12.
It means England are guaranteed a presence in the quarter-finals, when Denmark's world champions Thomas Laybourn and Kamilla Juhl are the likely last-eight opponents on Friday.
Clark and Robertson were both members of the England teams that won team gold at the Manchester 2002 Commonwealth Games and silver at the Melbourne Commonwealth Games in 2006. Robertson also won mixed doubles gold in Melbourne, partnering the now retired Gail Emms, while Clark won bronze in the men’s doubles with Robert Blair.
England finished second to Malaysia in the badminton medals table at the Melbourne Commonwealth Games with two golds, a silver and two bronzes.
The 2010 Commonwealth Games take place in Delhi, India, from 3 to 14 October 2010. They will feature 17 sports - archery, aquatics (swimming, synchronised swimming & diving), athletics, badminton, boxing, cycling, gymnastics, hockey, lawn bowls, netball, rugby 7s, shooting, squash, table tennis, tennis, weightlifting and wrestling. With the 2012 Olympic Games in London and the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Commonwealth Games England is entering a breath-taking four years of sport.
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