A former world champion and Olympic silver medallists with Gail Emms, the 35-year-old Robertson (extreme right), has indicated he will quit the sport after failing to reach this year’s London Olympics.
Besides his successes with Emms and Jenny Wallwork in the mixed doubles, he was also an accomplished player in the men’s doubles with Simon Archer and Anthony Clarke.
Partnering Chris Langridge against Indonesia’s Mohammad Ahsan-Alvent Yulianto Chandra, Robertson gave it his all to keep his country in the tie, but in the end, the Indonesians won 19-21 21-12 21-19 to secure victory and a ticket to the quarter-finals.
England had earlier lost 5-0 to China and it now means Indonesia and China will face off on Tuesday to decide the group champions.
China will start as favourites to maintain their dominances in the competition while Indonesia, with former world and Olympic champion Taufik Hidayat (left), playing in what likely will be his final Thomas Cup outing, are determined to spoil the hosts’ party.
Meanwhile, all eight quarter-finals for the Thomas Cup were decided on Monday, but there is still one quarter-final ticket open in the Uber Cup.
In the Thomas Cup, the big guns – China and Indonesia (Group A), Russia and Japan (Group B), Malaysia and Denmark (Group C) and Germany and South Korea (Group D) will face each other on Tuesday to decide who tops their respective groups.
In the Uber Cup, Thailand’s stunning 5-0 victory over Holland gives them a place in the last eight, but means Taipei can qualify at the expense of the Dutch if they beat the Thais today.
The other teams who have already booked their tickets to the knock-out stage are Indonesia and China (Group A), Germany and South Korea (Group C) and Denmark and Japan (Group D).
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