The highlight was the second-round Men’s Doubles contest between Rasmus Bonde/Mads Conrad-Petersen (Denmark) and Yonathan Suryatama Dasuki/Hendra Aprida Gunawan (Indonesia). The Danes (BWF home page) survived four match points in the second game to force a decider which they won after being pushed all the way: 14-21 25-23 21-18.
The victory would have eased some of their country’s earlier disappointment after Mixed Doubles pair Mads Pieler Kolding/Kamilla Rytter Juhl missed their opportunity to upset top seeds Xu Chen/Ma Jin (China).
Kolding and Rytter Juhl came together late last year, stretching Olympic silver medallists Xu and Ma (centre above) in the French Open Superseries. For a while today, they looked capable of toppling the No. 1 pair as they played an intelligent game to gain the advantage. Keeping the shuttle close to the net and avoiding the high tosses, they took Xu Chen out of the game. The lack of chances to smash seemed to affect the hard-hitting Chinese. The Danes took the first game and had a handy lead at 10-6 in the second, but the Chinese worked their way back into contention. At 16-all, it looked like the match could go either way but Kolding and Rytter Juhl were inconsistent on crucial points. That was all the help the hometown duo required to take proceedings the distance. In the third game, the Chinese grabbed the ascendancy as Xu repeatedly uncorked his big smashes. The Danes could not cope, succumbing 18-21 21-17 21-13.
Elsewhere, the Mixed Doubles landscape was seriously shaken up with the departures of fifth seeds Chan Peng Soon/Goh Liu Ying (Malaysia) and other seeded casualties: Fran Kurniawan/Shendy Puspa Irawati (Indonesia, 9); Michael Fuchs/Birgit Michels (Germany, 12); Anders Kristiansen/Julie Houmann (Denmark, 13); Danny Bawa Chrisnanta/Vanessa Neo (Singapore, 14); Qiu Zihan/Bao Yixin (China, 15), and Chris Adcock/Gabrielle White (England, 16).
Indonesia suffered twin blows in Women’s Singles with Adrianti Firdasari losing to Carolina Marin (Spain), 21-15 21-11, and Aprilla Yuswandari being vanquished by Kaori Imabeppu (Japan) 21-18 21-10.
* None of the top Women’s Singles players were in action, but China’s Jiang Yanjiao, once ranked world No. 3 before slipping to No. 24, conceded a walkover to her opponent Marija Ulitina of Ukraine.
* England’s Chris Adcock emerged victorious in one of his two matches. Adcock and Gabrielle White were beaten in straight games (21-18 21-16) by Chen Hung Ling/Cheng Wen Hsing (Chinese Taipei) in the Mixed Doubles second round. Adcock returned triumphantly with Andrew Ellis to win his Men’s Doubles first-round outing versus Ruud Bosch/Koen Ridder (Netherlands) 21-17 21-18.
* Denmark won’t have a representative in the second round of Women’s Singles after both Line Kjaersfeldt and Sandra-Maria Jensen crashed out. Kjaersfeldt was beaten by Tsz Ka Chan (Hong Kong), 18-21 21-8 21-9, while Jensen was outplayed 21-6 21-19 by Belaetrix Manuputi of Indonesia.
CAPTION: At right, Julie Houmann of Denmark shakes hands with Japan's Misaki Matsutomo after their Mixed Doubles match.
For full results from the Wang Lao Ji BWF World Championships 2013, please click here.