MIXED DOUBLES: KOREA 1 CASUALTY, 3 PROCEED
A scratch combination of two world top 10 level doubles players supplied a Round 1 mixed doubles berth but didn't guarantee a win today. Chang Ye Na / Yoo Yeon Seong went down to Indonesia's pairing of 2012 and 2011 World Junior Champions Gloria Emaneulle Widjaja / Edi Subaktiar, 19-21, 21-19, 21-13, and appeared nonplussed after the loss. At the critical stage, the Indonesians showed fluid teamwork whereas the Koreans were slower with implementing a strategy.
The three other Korean mixed pairs, including defending champions Kim/Ko, live to fight again in Round 2 on Thursday. Of the bunch, Lee So Hee / Lee Yong Dae needed three games wipe out the hopes of last year's runners-up Birgit Michels / Michael Fuchs, 21-16, 18-21, 21-19. "Their drive shots were the trickiest part to handle", Yong Dae said of today's opponents.
MEN'S DOUBLES: MALAYSIA NEEDED THE LAST 30 POINTS
Denmark's Kim Astrup / Anders Skaarup Rasmussen were involved in the longest match prior to lunch time, 74 minutes, and in the process made new fans with an energetic come from one game behind to earn a match point at 21-20. The Danes earnt two more opportunities to close out proceedings at 27 and 28 points with net cord shots that went their way but the new Malaysian combination, Goh V Shem / Tan Wee Kiong, plucked together from former top 10 combinations were always the ones creating the majority of lift opportunies and easily the highest elevation on smashes.
Stretched to their maximum, Malaysia's resolve to stick to their original plan eventually prevented the underdogs from ever achieving two consecutive points at the final deuce stage, 21-9, 18-21, 30-28.