Saturday, August 13, 2016
TEXT BY DEV SUKUMAR | BADMINTONPHOTO
Great Britain’s Marcus Ellis and Chris Langridge’s sparkling run continued as they rode into the Men’s Doubles quarter-finals today beating Poland’s Adam Cwalina and Przemyslaw Wacha in Group C.
With group-mates Kim Gi Jung and Kim Sa Rang beating Denmark’s Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogensen in straight games, the Danes, silver medallists in London 2012, found their campaign coming to an abrupt stop.
The two Kims trailed the head-to-head against the Danes 2-5, but today they dominated the exchanges; Boe and Mogensen couldn’t quite stitch together sufficient resistance to take them close. The 21-15 21-18 result, followed by Langridge and Ellis’s straight games win over the Poles, signalled the end of the road for the Danes. Although three pairs had two wins and a loss each, Boe and Mogensen finished third on difference in games won and lost.
Langridge and Ellis were thrilled: “It’s amazing for us,” said Ellis. “We certainly weren’t seeded or expected to best our group, and to get through is really amazing, it made all those hours of training and travelling all year worth it. It’s so nice to come up and do this, it feels really good.”
“Today against the Poles, they’re an awkward pair, they put so much pressure on us, we are so pleased we got through in a sure way,” said Langridge. “In the first game I was so nervous, Marcus pulled me through and then I was more relaxed in the second. We were 8-11 down before we got it back and then it flowed. We’re so pleased.
“We were able to beat Kim and Kim and they’re one of the best pairs. I think we’re they bogeymen. We’ve won three times in three matches, we’re that annoying pair for them; on paper they should be beating us but we seem to keep winning.”
Langridge said they’d had a few injury niggles that prevented them from matching their performance at the TOTAL BWF World Championships, where they almost beat eventual champions Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan.
“We seem to do well in the big tournaments,” said Langridge. “We had a few niggles after that, we played a lot of tournaments, made a few quarterfinals, so it’s nice now, we had a good training phase. It shows, you know, we put in the hard work and we that showed Marcus and I can achieve great things.”
Women’s Doubles Group B moved to a climactic finish with Denmark’s Christinna Pedersen and Kamilla Rytter Juhl beating Korea’s Shin Seung Chan and Jung Kyung Eun 21-16 21-18. The last match of the group will feature China’s Luo Ying/Luo Yu against USA’s Eva Lee/Paula Lynn Obanana later today.
Mixed Doubles defending champions Zhang Nan/Zhao Yunlei moved to the top of Group A beating Indonesia’s Praveen Jordan/Debby Susanto 21-11 21-18.
In Men’s Singles action, Sweden’s Henri Hurskainen overcame Mexico’s Lino Munoz, and Israel’s Misha Zilberman got the better of Belgium’s Yuhan Tan.
Canada’s Women’s Singles hope Michelle Li overwhelmed Hungary’s Laura Sarosi 21-11 21-8; Turkey’s Ozge Bayrak (featured image) won a similarly one-sided contest over Italy’s Jeanine Cicognini 21-14 21-9.