UPSETS: EUROPEANS & CANADA RULE OVER JAPAN AND INDONESIA
Europeans took no notice of world rankings in men's singles as they moved ahead in the draw. England's Rajiv Ouseph took care of five times Superseries Runner-up Kenichi Tago of Japan, 21-11, 21-14. His neighbour, Frenchman Brice Leverdez, didn't let the same thing happen again and took revenge for last year's straight games loss in Sydney against Indonesian one-time Superseries winner Tommy Sugiarto, 7-21, 21-18, 21-14.
Although their rankings are not far apart, Canada's Michelle Li's result over Nozomi Okuhara of Japan counts as an upset because having hurt her ankle at 1-1 in the first game and was visibly moving tenderly up until the first interval. Li still managed victory by compensating using the strength in her arms and pacing herself, 21-17, 21-19.
The Netherlands very nearly continued Europe's underdog pattern of success. Selena Piek / Jacco Arends scared top seeds Ma Jin / Xu Chen when they snatched the first game 21-15 and stayed close throughout the rest of the match. China, helped by their experience, came through 21-19, 21-18 in the last two games.
Ousted mixed doubles top seeds last year, Christinna Pedersen / Joachim Fischer Nielsen, almost met the same fate. Their Indonesian opponents earnt 21 points each in the first two games by successfully placing the shuttle wide of Fischer Nielsen's long reach. It was only when the Danes settled into their own rhythm did they show their usual class Puspita Richi Dili / Riky Widianto, 16-21, 23-21, 21-10.