THE AUSSIES: FULL COMMITMENT BUT NOT FULLY IN THE MOMENT
Our range of emotions differentiates us as human beings. Aussies Leanne Choo / Robin Middleton showed us what they're made of when they took the match into three games against the mixed doubles runners-up from 2012, Goh Liu Ying / Chan Peng Soon of Malaysia.
But Chan was slowly able to create not only a physical gap but an emotional disconnect as well between the Australian partnership in the deciding game, such that Middleton became increasingly frustrated with the quality of his returns and therefore less in the moment despite the best efforts of London Olympian Choo remaining collected and helpful to the end. All the Malaysians had to do was stay united in the second half of the decider and go through to the main draw they do, 21-10, 17-21, 21-10.
PONSANA & YONG DAE MARCH ON
In men's singles, Thailand's Boonsak Ponsana who competed in Sydney as far back as our Olympic Games showed age has not wearied him when he found the solution to defeating Malaysia's mid-twenty year old Mohamad Arif, 16-21, 21-19, 21-17.
You probably suspected but now it is confirmed. For fans of handsome Korean doubles wonder, Lee Yong Dae, he appeared twice today in mixed doubles and earnt a main draw spot in this category following two straight games wins, first over an Australian-Indonesia pair and then overcoming compatriots Kim Gi Jung / Shin Seung Chan. This means he will appear twice on court again tomorrow, once in the men's and again in the mixed.