XD: China 1 : Korea 1
Mixed doubles was the only badminton category at this year's Australian Superseries to keep all its seeded players through Round 1 but the tide turned for China. They almost lost two pairs but the top seeds, Ma Jin / Xu Chen, barely scaped past the best unseeded pair of Koreans Chae Yoo Jung / Shin Baek Cheol, 21-11, 19-21, 21-19.
Eom Hye Won / Choi Solgyu took revenge for the north Asian peninsular nation by accounting for sixth seeds from China. Huang Yaqiong / Kai Lu have for more than a year been surprising all the established pairs and having become one themselves they were hunted down by the next fresh combo containing Eom (formerly top 5 in WD and #12 in XD) who failed to be fazed by the standard of play and steered her partnership into the quarter-finals, 21-17, 21-23, 21-19.
MD: JAPAN SCORE REVENGE ON MALAYSIAN
Japan's top men's doubles pair and 5th seeds Hiroyuki Endo / Kenichi Hayakawa took a game to get the measure of Goh V Shem / Tan Wee Kiong and then denied the Malaysians a second victory over them, 19-21 21-16 21-16.
In the meeting of former World Champions, China's Fu Haifeng with Zhang Nan weren't troubled by Indonesian Markis Kido and his latest partner Agripinna Prima Rahmanto Putra. If the Chinese maintain this standard, they should qualify for the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games thus giving Fu a chance to defend his gold medal and Zhang to add this own but in level doubles.